Mendocino County’s cannabis program manager, Sean Connell, who began the job at the start of 2019, resigned on Thursday. His resignation comes after approximately nine months on the job, and one day before the close of Mendocino’s “Phase One” of cannabis cultivation applications. It is apparently the case that Connell gave two weeks notice and will remain on till then.

Connell, who was previously employed in the county’s planning and building department, is a Lake County resident and military veteran. In response to a request for comment on his resignation made via Instagram account on Sunday afternoon, Connell first demurred, then said, “It’s not a refusal. I care deeply about the success of the cannabis program. However I had a conflict in leadership opinion [sic]. I wish the Director [sic] and the County all the best in the future.

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