The man who presided over the turbulent launch of Maryland’s medical marijuana industry resigned Thursday.
Patrick Jameson, a former state trooper who took over as executive director of the Medical Cannabis Commission in April 2016, will stay in his job until the end of the month.
Jameson said in a statement that “the time has come for me to pursue other interests.” He did not respond to a request for further comment.
He is the second executive director to resign from the commission in as many years. Despite being legalized in 2013, the medical marijuana industry has been slow to get off the ground.
Jameson’s departure will come days before a Dec. 8 deadline for dispensaries to gain approval to open. More than 95 dispensaries must be operating by that date or they could lose their opportunity to launch their businesses.
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Source: Cannabis Business Times