State Cannabis Regulators Often Moving On as Consultants, Lobbyists

Article by TG Branfalt, Ganjapreneur

State Cannabis Regulators Often Moving On as Consultants, Lobbyists

Former state cannabis regulators are bringing their expertise to the private sector, forming consulting firms and lobby groups, according to a report from The Hill. Some are advising states and municipalities on how to implement new laws, and others are pushing their former colleagues for industry reforms.

Andrew Freedman, who served as the director of marijuana coordination in Colorado, and Lewis Koski, former head of the state Marijuana Enforcement Division, formed a consulting firm to advise governments on how to set up a regulatory system.

“We’re the only ones to have stood this up before,” Freedman, said in the report. “There’s a real opportunity to come in and show lessons learned quickly.”

Earlier this month, Laura Harris, who preceded Koski, took a job as the director of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce. Former overseer of the Minnesota Office of Medical Cannabis, Manny Munson-Regala, created his own firm, Root Cause Consulting. John O’Brien resigned from his post at New Jersey’s medical cannabis program for a job as chief compliance officer for a New York cannabis company.

Under Minnesota law, regulators are required to take a year off before returning to the industry. Munson-Regala said the requirement is not unlike other sectors, such as insurance.

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