At long last, New York has started formalizing its cannabis industry by appointing the Chairperson of the Cannabis Control Board (CCB) and the Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM).
Consistent with her public statements, Governor Kathy Hochul kickstarted the process by calling back New York’s legislature for an “Extraordinary Session” to consider several major issues, including the CCB and OCM appointments.
And so, on September 1, 2021, New York’s legislature approved the appointments of Tremaine Wright as the CCB’s Chairwoman and Christopher Alexander as the OCM’s Executive Director. Please meet our new Chairwoman and Executive Director, with a little information about their respective backgrounds and a summary of each role’s major responsibilities:
CCB Chairwoman: Tremaine Wright
What We Know:
Ms. Wright is a Brooklyn native and an attorney who was elected to New York’s State Assembly in 2016. Her district covered the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn as well as the northern portion of Crown Heights. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago School of Law, and practiced law at Brooklyn Legal Services.
With her stellar educational background and experience as a practicing attorney, as well as her legislative experience, it appears