28 June 2016
The Cannabist reports
A spokeswoman for the governor confirmed the resignation Monday. Spokeswoman Catherine Kelly told the AP the governor’s office “will have no further comment” on the reasons for the resignation.
Wright, who resigned Friday, was paid $53,770 last year, according to a public database of state employee salaries. He will be replaced by Jack Campbell, the program’s bureau chief in the Department of Agriculture, Kelly said.
Campbell, 51, the incoming program director, has a background in law enforcement. In 2014, he lost a GOP primary election for Sangamon County sheriff. He continued working as a sergeant for the county until retiring in early January. His state medical marijuana job began last summer under a contract that paid him $45 an hour.
The program’s first director, Bob Morgan, called the leadership change “positive news for patients.”
“Joe moved the implementation of the program through some difficult phases including the first sales of cannabis to patients,” Morgan said. Campbell, the incoming director, “has a strong reputation for how he has engaged with (marijuana) cultivation centers” during inspections.
If Wright lands a job in the medical marijuana industry, he will be following in Morgan’s footsteps. Morgan, appointed by former Gov. Pat Quinn, now advises clients in the marijuana industry, writes “Pot Czar Blog” and is president of the Illinois Cannabis Bar Association. Illinois’ ethics law for state employees could affect what positions Wright would be able to take. The “revolving door” provisions of the Ethics Act are meant to reduce former state workers from undue influence over lucrative contracts.
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