Olmsted County commissioner will serve on advisory body for new state department as policies unfold.
October 27, 2023 at 1:04 PM
ROCHESTER — Olmsted County Commissioner Laurel Podulke-Smith has been appointed to the state’s Cannabis Advisory Council by the Association of Minnesota Counties’ executive committee.
Minnesota is the 23rd state to legalize recreational cannabis use for people 21 and older. As statewide policies roll out, the council will review related developments and make recommendations.
“This is a critical appointment for AMC, as we work to bring the county perspective to this statewide council,” AMC President Mary Jo McGuire stated in announcing the appointment of Podulke-Smith.
The council will serve as an advisory body to the Office of Cannabis Management, which is responsible for the broader oversight of the cannabis industry in Minnesota. Specific council duties will include:
Reviewing national cannabis policy.
Examining the effectiveness of state cannabis policy.
Reviewing developments in the cannabis industry and hemp consumer industry.
Reviewing developments in the study of cannabis flower, cannabis products, artificially derived cannabinoids, lower-potency hemp edibles and hemp-derived consumer products.
Taking public testimony.
Making recommendations to the Office of Cannabis Management.