Update: Cannabis Regulators Association Celebrates One Year Anniversary, Welcomes New President and State Members


Andrew Brisbo, Executive Director of Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency, welcomed as next President of the Cannabis Regulators Association which has expanded to 37 member states and territories. PORTLAND, OR. – While recognizing the one-year anniversary of its founding, members of the Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) – which now represents cannabis regulators from 37 U.S. states and territories – recently voted in Andrew Brisbo as the organization’s new president and welcomed new states as CANNRA members. Brisbo is the Executive Director of Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency and served as Vice President of CANNRA last year. Brisbo  succeeds CANNRA’s Founding President Norman Birenbaum, and is joined on the board by: Vice-President Rick Garza, Executive Director of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Vice-President Michele Nakata, Supervisor of the Medical Cannabis Dispensary Licensing Program at the Hawaii Department of Health Treasurer Tyler Klimas, Executive Director of the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board, At-large board member Steve Marks, Executive Director of the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Board At-large board member Chris Tholkes, Director of the Office of Medical Cannabis at the Minnesota Department of Health At-large board member Andrew Turnage, Executive Director at the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission. Immediate Past President Norman Birenbaum, Director of Cannabis Programs at the New York State Executive Chamber “Andrew has been a leading voice in the cannabis regulator community for years,” said Past President Norman Birenbaum. “Andrew was integral in shaping CANNRA’s programing, priorities, and in building consensus among our members during the organization’s first year. There is no better person to lead the organization and continue its work moving forward.” Andrew Brisbo “I am honored to serve with so many dedicated public servants while continuing the CANNRA mission of supporting states in implementing and improving regulatory programs,” said Brisbo. “As we collectively analyze and respond to emerging issues in the…

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