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CRA’s Hanna Elected as CANNRA Executive Board Member

Brian Hanna, the executive director of Michigan’s Cannabis Regulatory Agency, was elected earlier this month as a member of the Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) 2024-2025 Executive Board.

 CANNRA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association of government agencies involved in cannabis and cannabinoid regulation across more than 45 states and U.S. territories, Canada, and the Netherlands. CANNRA Board Members must be current government regulators from a CANNRA-member jurisdiction. Board members serve a one-year term and are elected by designated Voting Members from each member state or jurisdiction.

 Michigan has been a part of CANNRA since the very beginning and I am honored to have been elected to the executive board,” said Hanna. “As a state, Michigan has historically both received and shared a tremendous amount of information with states from around the country through CANNRA. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board to support government agencies across the country involved in the cannabis industry.”

 The new board, which is comprised of regulators from U.S. states with varied cannabis and cannabinoid policies 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 regulatory programs with a range of policies,” said Dr. Gillian Schauer, Executive Director of CANNRA. “They will be well positioned to help CANNRA best serve our diverse members from the U.S. and from other countries.”

The election was held at a CANNRA Business Meeting that occurred on June 3rd, the day before CANNRA’s External Stakeholder Meeting, which took place in Minneapolis, MN on June 4&5 and included 100 regulators from more than 35 jurisdictions, and nearly 200 other stakeholders from nationally and internationally focused organizations.

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