Well that didn’t last long ! Rhys Cohen quits Cann Group for Penington Institute

It all seems to be going wrong at Cann Group this week..

Cann Group senior corporate communications manager Rhys Cohen has left the company to join the Penington Institute as global partnerships and engagement advisor.

Cohen resigned before Christmas having joined Cann in April 2022 after stints with FreshLeaf Analytics, Cannabiz – where he was editor-at-large – and his own consultancy.


Writing on LinkedIn, he said: “While I’m sad to be leaving, I feel now is the right time to expand my focus onto other drug policy issues in addition to medicinal cannabis.

“The transformation of Australia’s medicinal cannabis framework that I’ve witnessed in my seven years working in the industry has been astounding. [Although] there are still many challenges facing patients, it’s humbling to look back on how far we’ve come.

“But while tens of thousands of Australians are now legally accessing medicinal cannabis every year, just as many, if not more, are being arrested and dragged through the courts simply for possessing small amounts of cannabis for personal use.

“We spend nearly A$2 billion every year criminalising cannabis, while at the same time thousands of Australians using other drugs tragically lose their lives to overdoses that could have been prevented through implementing evidence-based drug policies.

“Our priorities are backwards and that needs to change, so I’m excited to work for an organisation dedicated to making that change happen.”

Last week, Cann announced the appointment of former Ipsen boss Peter Koetsier as its new CEO, replacing Peter Crock, who resigned in October 2022.

Rhys Cohen quits Cann Group for Penington Institute

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