Michigan's Brian Hanna Elected to National Cannabis Regulatory Board

June 25th, 2024 Legislation & Policy Updates
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Brian Hanna, the executive director of Michigan's Cannabis Regulatory Agency, was recently elected to the Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) 2024-2025 Executive Board.

CANNRA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization comprising government agencies that regulate cannabis and cannabinoid activities across more than 45 states and U.S. territories, as well as Canada and the Netherlands. Board members must be active government regulators from a CANNRA-member jurisdiction and are elected to serve a one-year term by designated Voting Members from each member state or jurisdiction.

"Michigan has been involved with CANNRA since its inception, and I am honored to have been elected to the executive board," said Hanna. "Michigan has both contributed to and benefited from the vast exchange of information with other states through CANNRA. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow board members to support government agencies across the country engaged in the cannabis industry."

The newly elected board includes:

  • President: Dominique Mendiola, Senior Director, Marijuana Enforcement Division, Colorado Department of Revenue
  • Treasurer: Adria Berry, Executive Director, Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority
  • Board Member: Kirsten Davis-Franklin, Deputy Cannabis Regulation Oversight Officer of Legislation and Policy, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
  • Board Member: Nicole Elliott, Director, California Department of Cannabis Control
  • Board Member: Brian Hanna, Executive Director, Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency
  • Board Member: Amy Moore, Director, Division of Cannabis Regulation, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Board Member: Andrew Turnage, Executive Director, Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission
  • Past President: Will Tilburg, Director, Maryland Cannabis Administration

"Our board represents regulators overseeing a diverse array of cannabis policies," stated Dr. Gillian Schauer, Executive Director of CANNRA. "They are well-equipped to help CANNRA effectively serve our diverse membership in the U.S. and internationally."

The election took place at a CANNRA Business Meeting on June 3rd, followed by CANNRA's External Stakeholder Meeting on June 4-5 in Minneapolis, MN. The event hosted 100 regulators from over 35 jurisdictions and nearly 200 other stakeholders from various national and international organizations.

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