ST. THOMAS — Lawmakers on Friday approved the nomination of Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson to the Cannabis Advisory Board, insisting the former senator and author of the medical marijuana law could help quicken what has so far been a sluggish rollout.

Nelson, who received unanimous approval from the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee and whose nomination now goes to the full body for consideration, assured lawmakers that his vast knowledge of cannabis will “move forward” an industry that has yet to take shape more than a year after his medical marijuana bill was signed into law.

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