Coleman, also the co-founder of multi-state cannabis business Pure Genesis, serves on Gov. Phil Murphy’s working group for cannabis legalization, with a focus on legalization’s impact on social justice reform. Caruso is a well-known cannabis industry lobbyist in New Jersey and the former executive director of the New Jersey Assembly Majority Office in Trenton.
“Between their advocacy for cannabis legalization and vast knowledge of both the cannabis and hemp industries, [Coleman and Caruso] give New Jersey CannaBusiness a collective level of expertise unmatched by any other organization in the state,” said NJCBA President Scott Rudder in a prepared statement. “We are excited to have them on board, especially as we gear up for the legalization ballot question.”
Voters will have the chance to decide in November’s presidential election whether New Jersey should legalize recreational cannabis for adult-use after both houses approved putting the question on the ballot in December 2019. Monmouth University pollsters found that two-thirds of New Jerseyans plan to support adult-use legalization.