Director tapped for medical marijuana commission in Alabama

Director tapped for medical marijuana commission in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Treasurer John McMillan has quit to take over a new state panel dealing with medical marijuana and will be replaced by Young Boozer, who previously served two terms in the office, the governor’s office said Friday.

Elected treasurer in 2019, McMillan will serve as executive director of the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission after his resignation takes effect at the end of the month, Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement. Boozer, McMillan’s predecessor as treasurer, will take over on Oct. 1.

“I’m honored and grateful Governor Ivey would ask me to serve in this important position once again,” Boozer said in a statement. “I will hit the ground running and do my best to serve the good people of this great state.”

The 14-member commission being headed by McMillan was created by lawmakers when they approved medical marijuana in Alabama earlier this year. The agency will establish rules for growing, distributing and selling marijuana for medicinal purposes statewide.

McMillan’s previous jobs include serving as state agriculture commissioner and as commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“I look forward to the new challenge of leading the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission and will commit to providing the same level of dedication to this role as I’ve done in every other aspect of my career,” he said in a statement released by Ivey’s office.

Sales of medical marijuana are supposed to begin in Alabama next year.