Santa Cruz’s Cannabis Licensing Manager Has Resigned

It was just eight months ago that Daniel Peterson was hired as the County of Santa Cruz’s first cannabis licensing manager, but he’s already leaving the job. The county announced Peterson’s resignation Wednesday, citing personal and professional reasons. His resignation takes effect June 30.

“The county is in excellent position to regulate cannabis in a manner consistent with local values,” Peterson said. “I regret that I am unable to see the industry through to full operation, but I leave the work in the hands of capable and dedicated staff.”

The county lauded Peterson’s work on marijuana regulation over the past several months. He has helped Santa Cruz become a leader in responsible cannabis oversight, a press release said, while mapping out a vital blueprint for cannabis policy in Santa Cruz.

The cannabis industry also saw Peterson as a reasonable ally who brought a ‘common sense’ approach to the issue of marijuana.

The search for a new cannabis licensing manager will begin immediately.


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