Joy A. Strand, the executive director of the Maryland Healthcare Cannabis Commission, is stepping down, successful Oct. 1.

Strand, a wellness-care executive, led the commission for virtually two years.

The commission oversees the regulations and implementation of the state’s healthcare marijuana plan.

No cause was offered for Stand’s resignation, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Strand was hired to oversee the cannabis commission in December 2017. She replaced Patrick Jameson, who resigned as commission chief for undisclosed factors in November 2017.

Will Tilburg, the agency’s director of policy and government affairs, will serve as acting executive director.

Strand is leaving as the commission closes in on awarding a single of Maryland’s 14 new expanding and processing licenses, which are intended to raise diversity in the state’s MMJ market.

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