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New York Cannabis Regulator Resigns Early

Chris Alexander was originally expected to serve out the rest of his term.

New York’s top cannabis regulator is leaving earlier than expected.

Earlier this month, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced sweeping changes at the state’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM).

That included the departure of Chris Alexander, who helped draft the original adult-use cannabis legalization legislature and who served as the OCM’s first executive director.

Alexander was originally expected to serve out the remainder of his term, which ends in September.

However, according to an email obtained by The City, Alexander resigned last week.

“I no longer have confidence in my ability to do my job and lead this team effectively under current circumstances,” he wrote.

New York’s adult-use cannabis market has been slow to roll out while the state continues to deal with a large amount of illicit storefronts.


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