Marietta D’Agostino hired as state medical pot program manager

February 1st, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

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Marietta D’Agostino hired as state medical pot program manager

D’Agostino replaces John Thiele, who stepped down in November

By Eric Russell
Staff Writer

Maine’s medical marijuana program, which has gone through numerous changes in recent years and could change more during this legislative session, has a new manager.

Marietta D’Agostino was hired to fill the position left vacant last November when John Thiele stepped down. She began work last week.

D’Agostino has spent her career mostly in social services, including stints as a child protective caseworker, a juvenile corrections officer and a jail captain at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, according to information provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Marietta’s diverse experience in developing policy and program management, as well as a familiarity with law enforcement, makes her a good fit for this position,” said Kenneth Albert, director of DHHS’ office of licensing and regulatory services, which includes the medical marijuana program.

John Martins, a spokesman for DHHS, said D’Agostino was not available for an interview on Thursday.

Thiele resigned in early November but then asked to be reinstated. The department declined to take him back. He had indicated that he would appeal that decision, but Martins said the department had no information about an appeal.

Medical marijuana advocates had expressed concern over Thiele’s sudden departure because they had a good working relationship with him. Paul McCarrier, legislative liaison for the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, said representatives of his group met earlier this week with

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