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INDUSTRY PLAYERS New Hires & Promotions
in early August. The oncologist was
appointed to the position in 2021.
Stokes' departure comes after an
Alabama resident filed a lawsuit in
July alleging that Stokes should not
hold the chair position because, as a
trustee for the University of South
Alabama, he was a public official at
the time of his appointment.
The attorney behind the lawsuit
also is representing a cannabis
business applicant who was not
awarded a license from the state
and filed suit.
Arkansas Appoints New
Member to MMJ Commission
Arkansas House Speaker Matthew
Shepherd chose Amber Pool of
Lonoke to serve on the state's
Medical Marijuana Commission.
Pool will serve a four-year term,
replacing Jessica Mobley, whose
term expired in March.
Pool is the co-owner of Pool
Fisheries Specialty Fish. She
previously served as director of
operations/executive administrator
to the speaker at the Arkansas
House of Representatives.
The five-member Arkansas
Medical Marijuana Commission
is tasked with administering and
regulating the issuance of licenses
to operate MMJ dispensaries and
cultivation facilities.
Cansortium Appoints
John Mazarakis to Board
Cansortium, a vertically integrated,
multistate operator doing
business as Fluent, appointed
John Mazarakis to its board of
directors. Mazarakis replaces John
McKimm, who resigned from the
board in June.
Mazarakis brings more than
20 years of entrepreneurial,
operational and managerial
experience to Cansortium, having
launched successful ventures in
real estate, retail, hospitality and
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personal fitness. He built and
operated more than 35 restaurants
employing more than 1,500 workers.
Mazarakis served as an adviser
to multiple startups, and his real
estate portfolio includes
30 properties.
Audrey
Johnson
focused on advancing economic
inclusion, social equity and
restorative justice in cannabis
public policy. Davis also spent
several years on Capitol Hill, holding
various roles in the office of U.S.
Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado.
The governor also announced
the following appointments to the
Cannabis Public Health Advisory
Council:
* Dorothy Lennig, incoming
director, Governor's Office of
Crime Prevention, Youth and
Victim Services.
* Madhumi Mitra, professor
of biology and environmental
sciences, University of
Maryland Eastern Shore.
Maryland Makes Key
Cannabis Appointments
Audrey Johnson was appointed
by Maryland Gov. Wes Moore to
serve as acting executive director
of the Office of Social Equity, and
Courtney Davis was installed as
deputy director.
Johnson has more than a
decade of experience leading
programs that promote economic
development, equity and inclusion.
Since 2021, she has served as senior
director for economic innovation
and strategy for the Johns Hopkins
University and Health System.
Before joining Johns Hopkins, she
worked at Kaiser Permanente in
senior roles involving supply-chain
and economic-impact strategy.
Johnson also served as president
of the Baltimore Chapter of
the National Association of
Health Services Executives and
as a member of several civic
organizations.
Davis most recently served as
executive director of Marijuana
Matters, a Washington DC-based
national advocacy organization
* Mathew Swinburne, associate
director, the Network for
Public Health Eastern Region,
University of Maryland Francis
Carey King School of Law.
* Deondra Asike, clinical
associate, Department of
Anesthesiology and Critical
Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins
Medicine.
* Leigh Vinocur, chief medical
officer and founder, Ananda
Medical Practice.
* Leah Sera, associate professor,
University of Maryland School
of Pharmacy.
* David Gorelick, professor
of psychiatry, University of
Maryland, Baltimore.
* Jocelyn Bratton-Payne,
director of substance use
disorder programs, New Hope
Treatment Center.
* Karrissa Miller, partner at
Pinnacle CT, an independent
testing laboratory, and
founding partner at US
Cannalytics.
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