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Erin DuPree hired as 1st chief regulator for Minnesota’s cannabis industry

Erin DuPree has been appointed as the inaugural director of Minnesota’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) as the state prepares to launch its regulated adult-use marijuana market.

The appointment by Gov. Tim Walz takes effect Oct. 2, according to an announcement from the governor’s office.


DuPree is currently “founder, vice president of sales and operations, and head of research and development at Loonacy Cannabis Co.” in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

“In this position, she has managed multiple aspects of the business and led continued research on hemp-derived and cannabis products while maintaining compliance with state laws and regulations,” the announcement noted.

She is also founder, vice president of operations and senior business consultant for Plymouth-based Cook and Quinwood Consulting.

“With direct experience in Minnesota’s hemp and cannabis industry and over 20 years of success in launching, managing, and growing businesses and organizations, Erin DuPree is an

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