Coughlin recommends Sam Delgado for Cannabis Regulatory Commission

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By Nikita BiryukovJanuary 08 2021 1:40 pm

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Woodbridge) announced he would recommend former Verizon vice president of external affairs Sam Delgado to sit on the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission Friday.

“Sam Delgado’s professional and military service is outstanding and I strongly believe he is the best person to serve on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission,” Coughlin said. “Sam is an expert in the fields of community leadership, business management, strategic planning, supplier diversity and regulatory policy. He will bring these talents to the Commission and is a valued addition.”

Delgado, the husband of Coughlin running mate Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Perth Amboy), co-chaired Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s housing and economic development transition team and was previously chair of the Newark Regional Business Partnership.

He is a founding member of the state Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“I am honored to have been chosen by Speaker Coughlin to serve as a member of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission,” Delgado said. “I am excited to work with my fellow Commissioners to usher in a new era of economic opportunity, social justice and equity for the emerging cannabis industry in the State of New Jersey and look forward to serving the residents of New Jersey in this capacity.”

The five-member commission, an in-but-not-of agency under the Treasury Department, is tasked with developing and enforcing regulations on recreational use marijuana as well as the expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program.

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