ALBANY (WENY) – The New York State Senate has confirmed the first two nominees of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s administration, who will help move the cannabis implementation forward.
Tremaine Wright will serve as Chair of New York’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB), while Christopher Alexander will take on the role as Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). The two departments will create and implement a framework for New York’s marijuana industry, including production, licensing, marketing and sales of cannabis products.
Gov. Hochul said getting New York’s cannabis industry up and running is one of her top priorities, as she believed it is “long overdue.” She hopes Wright and Alexander will help make up for lost time.
“These two individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their new roles, and I know they will do a tremendous job of outlining and implementing regulations that are safe, fair and transparent, and that recognize the need to remedy the impact that prohibition has had on communities of color,” she said. “I look forward to working with them on building our state’s cannabis industry and effecting real change for New Yorkers.”
The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) was passed earlier this year on Mar. 31, focusing on the regulation of the adult-use, medical and hemp industries.