MINNESOTA – Erin DuPree has been selected as the first-ever director of Minnesota’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) as the state readies itself for the launch of its adult-use cannabis market, according to MJBizDaily.
Currently, DuPree serves as the founder, vice president of sales and operations, and head of research and development at Loonacy Cannabis Co. in Apple Valley, Minnesota. She has overseen various facets of the business and spearheaded ongoing research into hemp-derived and cannabis products while ensuring adherence to state laws and regulations.
Governor Walz expressed confidence in DuPree’s abilities, noting, “With direct experience in Minnesota’s hemp and cannabis industry and over 20 years of success in launching, managing, and growing businesses and organizations, Erin DuPree is an outstanding choice to lead the Office of Cannabis Management.”
In response, DuPree expressed her anticipation to collaborate closely with legislators, stakeholders, and advocates who played pivotal roles in passing the new law.
“I look forward to working closely with all of the legislators, stakeholders, and advocates who worked so hard to pass this new law and am committed to the work of ensuring Minnesota’s new adult-use cannabis industry will grow and thrive for years to come,” says DuPree.
Governor Tim Walz made this appointment official this week, with her new role set to commence on October 2, as per an announcement from the governor’s office.