Director of Maine’s cannabis agency announces his departure
Maine’s Office of Cannabis Policy will be seeing leadership changes as Director Erik Gundersen has announced that he will be departing the agency. As the agency’s inaugural Director, Gundersen helped oversee a newly-created agency of state government that is responsible for licensing and regulating both the medical use of cannabis and adult use cannabis programs in Maine. The first adult-use cannabis sales took place in October 2020 after Gundersen worked to draft the rules that allow the industry to operate in a smooth and safe manner.
According to Bangor Daily News Gundersen’s last day will be this Friday as he takes a new position at a job that involves consulting at a national level. The agency will be lead by current Deputy Director Vern Malloch until a permanent replacement is chosen.