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US (IL): Department of Agriculture announces Cannabis Division manager

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) named David Lakeman as division manager for the Department’s cannabis division.

Lakeman comes to IDOA from Massachusetts, where he assisted the launching of the state’s cannabis industry. Lakeman represented the Massachusetts Municipal Association during the state’s cannabis legislation negotiations. He then joined the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission and worked on the initial set of cannabis regulations as well as the state’s social equity program.  

“We are excited to welcome David to the IDOA team,” said Jerry Costello II, IDOA acting director. “His work on all facets of legalization in Massachusetts, including the growing process will be invaluable as we continue to build out our cannabis department at IDOA.”

Lakeman will oversee medicinal and adult-use cannabis, as well as the Department’s hemp program. To reach David Lakeman regarding IDOA’s cannabis and hemp programs, email him at or call 217-524-2267.

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