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October 27, 2022

Former Maine cannabis regulator hangs shingle with consulting firm

Erik Gundersen, former executive director of Maine's Office of Cannabis Policy, has launched a firm to consult governments and cannabis businesses in navigating the complex industry.

The Bangor native, who resigned as the state's top cannabis regulator earlier this month, opened ERG Strategies LLC. He is also a senior advisor with Cannabis Public Policy Consulting, which studies how U.S. states regulate cannabis. 

Erik Gundersen, former director of Maine’s Office of Cannabis Policy

"I'm excited to share my experiences and expertise with government entities and cannabis businesses nationwide," Gundersen said. "I look forward to contributing to sustainable, equitable, and responsible cannabis markets on a larger scale."

Gundersen's time in cannabis policy started as a senior policy advisor to former state House Speaker Sara Gideon in 2017 and 2018. He was  chief liaison and policy advisor for the Legislature's Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization and Implementation. The Marijuana Legalization and Implementation Committee wrote Maine's Legalization Act, which now serves as the foundation of Maine's adult-use cannabis program. 

In February 2019, Gov. Janet Mills hired Gundersen to establish the Office of Cannabis Policy and launch the state's adult-use cannabis program.

Under Gundersen's leadership, the Office of Cannabis Policy created and oversaw the first set of program rules, built out systems and processes and processed license applications. Maine's adult-use cannabis program launched in 2020 amid the pandemic.


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