Joy A. Strand, the executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, has resigned, the Baltimore Sun reports. Strand is a former healthcare executive who joined the commission in December 2017.
“Thanks to her leadership, the Maryland medical cannabis program is among the nation’s leaders in safety and equity.” — Commission chair Brian Lopez, via the Baltimore Sun
Strand’s resignation comes as the commission is in the process of awarding 14 new cultivation and processing licenses in an effort to expand the participation of minority- and women-owned businesses; the state received more than 160 applications by the May deadline.
Will Tilburg, the agency’s director of policy and government affairs, will serve as acting executive director. Strand’s resignation takes effect on Oct. 1.
The terms of all 16 commissioners are set to expire at the end of the month and the number of members will be reduced to 13 under a bill passed last year. Gov. Larry Hogan, however, could potentially re-appoint current members.
Maryland medical cannabis sales topped $128 million through July.