The commission started up in April 2021 "and truly walked into this office with nothing," said Nash, who added there were no phones, no copiers.
"We truly built this agency," she said. "We have done an enormous amount of work in just over one year."
An ardent animal-rights activist, Nash used to live in Cherry Hill, but moved to a Winslow farm because her 15-year accumulation of rescue animals had grown too large.
There are a few communities currently considering plans. A handful of others already have been adjusting to legal medical grow sites as new neighbors, while a few spots in South Jersey have embraced the job creation that comes with the new business.
It can be a contentious relationship — such as in one Hunterdon County town, which this month reversed course on previous plans and prohibited any cannabis facilities from being set up in the community.
Alexandria votes down marijuana