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Illinois Medical Marijuana Director Resigns After 1 Year

An attorney appointed last year to lead the Illinois medical marijuana program by Gov. Bruce Rauner has resigned to pursue work in the private sector.

Joseph Wright, 32, who was in the position for just over one year, told The Associated Press on Monday he felt the time was right to seek other opportunities, possibly in the medical cannabis industry.

A spokeswoman for the governor confirmed the resignation on Monday. Spokeswoman Catherine Kelly told the AP that the governor’s office “will have no further comment” on reasons for the resignation.

Wright, who resigned Friday, was paid $53,770 last year, according to a public database of state employee salaries. He will be replaced by Jack Campbell, the program’s bureau chief in the Department of Agriculture, Kelly said. [Read More @ The Chicago Tribune]

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