The makeup of New Jersey’s new Cannabis Regulatory Commission violates the law that created the commission, claims a lawyer for the state’s chapter of the NAACP.

This comes days after a social justice advocate criticized the commission due to the fact that none of its members are Black men—who have historically been the most disproportionately arrested and convicted of marijuana offenses in the state.

A letter obtained by Gothamist/WNYC shows the civil rights organization’s lawyer demanding that the state reveal the backgrounds of the five appointed commission members. 

In the letter, Gregg L. Zeff quoted a section of the new cannabis legislation, “At least one member shall by a State representative of a national organization or State branch of a national organization…

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