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Top NM cannabis regulator draws criticism after taking private-sector job

The decision of a leading cannabis regulator in New Mexico to take a private-sector job at a marijuana consultancy has prompted criticism from at least one state legislator.

Kristen Thomson, appointed the first director of the state’s Cannabis Control Division (CCD) just last November, resigned in June, telling New Mexico Political Report it was not intended to be her “forever job.”


The Weeds marijuana consultancy announced Monday it had hired Thomson as a partner and chief strategy officer, Albuquerque TV station KRQE reported.

The move by Thomson sparked criticism from state Sen. Jacob Candelaria.

Candelaria told KRQE that Thomson’s acceptance of the Weeds job “violates the spirit of our ethics laws” because she left a government job for a “sweetheart deal with private entities that she wants regulated.”

The senator – who has cannabis business interests as an attorney for Ultra Health, the state’s largest medical marijuana operator

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