US (NM): Ethics questioned as cannabis regulators join the private sector

A company working in New Mexico’s emerging cannabis market is advertising some unusual expertise. Its team includes two people who once helped regulate the new industry.

“We wrote the book on cannabis compliance. Literally,” the firm’s website says.

But the hiring of two of New Mexico’s top cannabis regulators could renew debate at the Capitol over whether the state should revisit its “revolving door” limits on state officials who leave for the private sector.

The Albuquerque-based firm Weeds. On the 1st of August, Cannabis Consulting announced that it had hired the former director of the state’s Cannabis Control Division, Kristen Thomson, and the division’s first compliance manager, Bobbi Martinez. Each had left state employment earlier this summer. 

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