Jeff Brown

Executive Director
Cannabis Regulatory Commission


Jeff Brown serves as the Executive Director of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission. In this role he is responsible for the management and direction of the staff and offices at the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, and the operations necessary to regulate New Jersey’s cannabis industry.

Prior to being appointed by the Governor as Executive Director, Jeff served as Assistant Commissioner at the NJ Department of Health, overseeing the Division of Medicinal Marijuana. Under his leadership the Division of Marijuana expanded access to patients throughout New Jersey, increasing enrollment from 17,000 in early 2018 to over 100,000 at the end of 2020, and tripling the number of dispensaries. He also served a critical role in the Department’s COVID-19 response efforts, serving as the Department lead for the Atlantic City Field Medical Station and assisting the Department’s COVID-19 testing task force.

Prior to working at the Department, Jeff worked extensively on the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, particularly the creation of health insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid, led an association of community-based providers to implement innovative new payment models in Medicaid, and fought to expand access to healthcare in New Jersey’s urban communities by developing sustainable financing policies.

He has served in leadership roles in the NJ Health Care Quality Institute, the Hospital Alliance of New Jersey, and NJ Citizen Action, and has served on the boards of the Trenton Health Team Accountable Care Organization and New Leaders Council, NJ.

Before entering the field of public policy, Jeff worked on a number of electoral campaigns including Joe Sestak’s successful primary bid for Senate in 2010, for Barack Obama’s grassroots organization, Organizing for America, and he helped launch President Obama’s reelection campaign in New Hampshire in 2011.


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