As Previously Reported…..Former New Mexico cannabis director joins private firm, now raising ethics debate

As Previously Reported…..Former New Mexico cannabis director joins private firm, now raising ethics debate
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When the annoucement came through that she was leaving, we said this would happen. We suggest that the best way to deal with this is tie them into a minimum 2 year contract with penalties for breaking contract and going to work in the private sector. NM cannabis regulation director steps down KRQE News reports After spending less than a year developing and executing the state’s cannabis rules, New Mexico’s former Cannabis Control Division director is taking her talents to a private cannabis firm. A powerhouse consultant agency, “Weeds” has hired Kristen Thomson, leading some to debate about the ethics of the move. Thomson was appointed to be the state’s first Cannabis Control Division director in the fall of 2021. But just two months ago, in June, Thomson suddenly resigned from the top position. Virgin Galactic ‘astronaut campus’ coming to New Mexico Weeds made the announcement on Monday, saying Thomson is joining the firm as a partner and chief strategy officer. She is not the only former regulator on their team, according to Weeds’ co-founder, Pat Davis, who’s also an Albuquerque City Councilor and newspaper owner. “We’ve added some very talented and knowledgeable people to our roster to help strengthen and expand our service offerings,” Davis said in a press release. “Adding two former state regulators to our team will bring a depth of knowledge that no other firm possesses.” That other former regulator is Bobbi Martinez. She’s the former compliance manager for the CCD and will reportedly do similar work for Weeds. Filling the space Thomson vacated at the CCD, Carolina Barrera has stepped in as the acting director. The CCD website still lists Bobbi Martinez as the compliance manager. Bernice Geiger, the public information officer for the department overseeing CCD, says they have not yet hired a replacement for Martinez.…

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