Marijuana program leader resigns

November 29th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Posted: November 29
Updated: Today at 9:51 PM

Marijuana program leader resigns

By John Richardson
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — The head of the state office that oversees Maine’s medical marijuana program has resigned after being placed on administrative leave several weeks ago.

Catherine Cobb is stepping down as director of the Division of Licensing and Regulation for the Department of Health and Human Services effective Friday. Cobb was placed on paid leave Oct. 21, according to a memo to staff at the time.

Cobb and Assistant Director Anne Flanagan were placed on leave as part of “a managerial review” of the division, according to the memo from Bill Boeschenstein, chief operating officer of the department.

State officials, including DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew, had refused to discuss the reasons for Cobb’s leave in recent weeks and said the information is confidential under state law.

Spokesman John Martins said Cobb submitted her resignation on Nov. 18. Flanagan remains on leave and the review is ongoing, Martins said. He said he could provide no further information about the review or Cobb’s resignation.

“The leave was to accommodate the commissioner’s office wanting to take a look at the needs of the division that I ran,” Cobb said today.

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