‘We got this wrong’: Gov. Tim Walz takes responsibility for cannabis director debacle

Everybody appears to have acted very ethically on this, at the very least it is sound politics.

As you’ll see from the story below it looks like Gov Walz dodged a bullet and DuPree, wasn’t overly happy about falling on her own sword for a problem she was ( she says) hired to solve

Star Tribune reports..

Gov. Tim Walz said Saturday that he takes responsibility for failing to properly vet his first pick for the state’s new Office of Cannabis Management, an embarrassing stumble as Minnesota readies its legal marijuana market.

Erin DuPree, a self-described cannabis entrepreneur who owned a hemp shop, stepped aside Friday, a day after the DFL governor named her head of the cannabis regulatory agency. It came a few hours after a Star Tribune report revealed she sold illegal products at her hemp store.

“One of the responsibilities, and I take it and the buck stops with me, is the appointments of literally thousands of people,” Walz said Saturday at a festival organized by the news website MinnPost. “In this case, the process did not work and we got this wrong.”

DuPree was to begin the job Oct. 2 with a salary of about $151,000.

Publicly, DuPree accepted some accountability by stepping aside and saying she would be a “distraction” if she took the role.

Privately, DuPree fumed on her personal Facebook page about the Star Tribune’s coverage and an MPR story that dug into her troubled financial history.

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