State’s medical marijuana director tried to rescind his resignation

November 14th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

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State’s medical marijuana director tried to rescind his resignation

John Thiele admits tendering resignation in September; state Department of Health and Human Services says it refused Theile’s request to rescind it

By Edward D. Murphy emurphy@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

The man who has overseen Maine’s medical marijuana program for more than a year says he received little oversight or criticism of his work until he was fired last Friday.

John Thiele said he submitted, then rescinded, a letter of resignation, but was fired effective last Friday. Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services gave a contradictory account of the firing, releasing a statement Tuesday saying that Thiele handed in a resignation letter in September, with his last day of work to be Oct. 20, followed by three weeks of vacation. That would make his last day of work last Friday.

When Thiele asked to rescind his resignation “several days after resigning,” the department’s statement said, “after careful consideration, the department did not accept this request.”

Thiele said he is appealing his dismissal and said the department gave him no reason for refusing to allow him to rescind his resignation. He said a letter from DHHS denying him the ability to take back his resignation stated that he was terminated as a result.

He said he never received specific complaints about his work.

“There were only vague statements, like, ‘You act too much like a social worker,'” Thiele said. “I think there’s a general mindset in (the division of Licensing and) Regulatory

Article source: http://www.kjonline.com/news/accounts-differ-on-state-medical-pot-directors-exit_2012-11-13.html

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