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December 19, 2022

Key cannabis industry regulator Comer departing role ahead of sector's launch

HBJ PHOTO | STEVE LASCHEVER Andrea Comer is the chair of the Social Equity Council and deputy commissioner of the state Department of Consumer Protection.

Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Deputy Commissioner and Social Equity Council Chair Andrea Comer is leaving the DCP, the agency confirmed.

Comer, who was picked last year to lead the recreational marijuana industry’s Social Equity Council as the industry prepared to launch, will leave her existing post at the end of the month.

She is taking a new job as chief of staff for incoming state Treasurer Erick Russell, WTNH reported.

Comer’s DCP resignation will come just before retailers across the state begin adult-use, recreational cannabis sales on Jan. 10.

The DCP issued a statement after reports of Comer’s resignation. The department did not name her replacement as deputy commissioner or head of the Social Equity Council.

“Deputy Commissioner Comer has been an invaluable member of our team over the past 16 months, helping to launch a newly regulated cannabis market through both her role as DCP Deputy Commissioner and her position on the Social Equity Council, where she led with grace,” said DCP Commissioner Michelle Seagull. “Her insight and thoughtfulness have been critical to this process, and her positive impact at both DCP and the State of Connecticut will be lasting. We wish her well in her future endeavors.”

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