CANNRA Announces New Board & Intentions To Go International

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A coalition of government marijuana regulators that works to inform cannabis policymaking has announced new leadership, while touting the expansion of its membership across the U.S. and, for the first time, internationally.

As more state and territory marijuana markets come online and lawmakers across the country continue to advance reform, the Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) on Friday unveiled its new board members who were voted in this week.

Here are the state cannabis regulators who will sit on CANNRA’s new board:

 President: Will Tilburg, Director, Maryland Cannabis Administration
 President-Elect: Dominique Mendiola, Senior Director, Colorado Marijuana Enforcement
 Past-President: Tyler Klimas, Executive Director, Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board
 Board Member At Large: Adria Berry, Executive Director, Oklahoma Medical Marijuana
 Board Member At Large: Nicole Elliott, Director, California Department of Cannabis Control
 Board Member At Large: Chris Tholkes, Director, Minnesota Office of Medical Cannabis
 Board Member At Large: Andrew Turnage, Executive Director, Georgia Access to Medical
Cannabis Commission

“The 2023-2024 CANNRA board is a great mix of our diverse CANNRA member states and territories in terms of policies, politics, people and place,” CANNRA Executive Director Gillian Schauer said in a press release. “The board will benefit from the experience of veteran board members who have served on the CANNRA board before, as well as the new ideas and engagement that will come from new members.”

Friday’s announcement comes on the heels of the organization’s external stakeholder meeting in Maryland, where members engaged with a range of businesses and advocates and discussed their work to guide regulatory policies. Some invited guests, including former Massachusetts cannabis regulator Shaleen Title, declined to attend the meeting in protest of the fact that a cannabis group funded by major alcohol and tobacco companies was participating.

“As regulators and stakeholders sit down to hash out the framework for legalizing marijuana nationally, they must not pull up a chair for smelly old Joe Camel,” Title wrote in an op-ed for Marijuana Moment.

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Coalition Of Government Marijuana Regulators Announces New Leadership And Membership Expansion—Including Internationally



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