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Minnesota's medical cannabis director steps down to take job with city of Minneapolis

Minnesota now must hire top regulators for both its medical and recreational marijuana industries after the state's medical cannabis director resigned this week.

Chris Tholkes, who's led the Office of Medical Cannabis within the state Department of Health since 2019, said Monday she has stepped down to take a job as the city of Minneapolis' director of health operations. Her last day with the state will be Friday, according to a Health Department spokesperson.

"This role has been like nothing else I've experienced. I've had the great honor to work with dedicated public servants, passionate and invested stakeholders, and creative and committed legislators to expand the medical program and craft an adult use [cannabis] law," Tholkes said in a statement to the Star Tribune. "Cannabis regulatory work is intense and after 5 years of working under a microscope and at a breakneck pace, the time is right for me to make a change."


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