Rhode Island's governor has appointed individuals to serve as members of the Cannabis Control Commission.

Rhode Island’s governor has appointed individuals to serve as members of the Cannabis Control Commission.

Governor Dan McKee of Rhode Island recently revealed his selections for the Cannabis Control Commission, responsible for overseeing the state’s medical marijuana and adult-use markets. These appointments, subject to approval by the Rhode Island Senate, are as follows:

  1. Kimberly Ahern, Chair: Currently serving as the deputy chief of staff in Governor McKee’s office and previously worked as the deputy counsel for former Governor Gina Raimondo.

  2. Robert Jacquard: A self-employed attorney who has an extensive background, having spent 22 years with the Cranston Police Department and serving as a state representative from 1993 to 2021.

  3. Layi Oduyingbo: Owner, founder, and managing attorney of a law firm in Cranston. Oduyingbo has prior experience as corporate counsel, handling compliance and governance matters.

Governor McKee expressed his satisfaction with these nominations, emphasizing the importance of fair regulation and the success of Rhode Island’s cannabis industry. He commended the diverse and relevant expertise brought by these nominees and looks forward to collaborating with them.


Upon making these appointments, Governor McKee affirmed his confidence in the chosen individuals to ensure the cannabis industry in Rhode Island is regulated in a fair and effective manner, ultimately leading to its success. Recognizing the significance of diversity and relevant experience, he expressed his eagerness to collaborate with the newly appointed members of the commission. The establishment of the Cannabis Control Commission marks an important step forward for the state, as it seeks to govern and oversee both the medical marijuana and adult-use markets, which commenced regulated sales on December 1, 2022.

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