Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has named a new cannabis czar.
Danielle Perry, a former Obama administration appointee, will take over as the cannabis regulation oversight officer.
Perry will coordinate regulation of the marijuana industry and take over the position currently held by former state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, who will remain as a senior adviser to Pritzker.
Perry must be confirmed by the Illinois Senate but may start as the new cannabis czar as early as this week.
Perry previously was executive director of Growing Home, director of communications and outreach in Chicago’s Office of Inspector General and served in the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Obama administration. In addition, she was on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s environmental transition committee.
Perry comes into a static industry that has halted all cannabis licensing, leaving hundreds of applicants and business entrepreneurs in the lurch. A whirlwind of moment will commence as soon as licenses are awarded.
Hutchinson had to give up the position because of a state law preventing legislators from taking jobs created by statutes passed while they were in the General Assembly. Hutchinson worked closely with the social-equity programs passed in the legalization bill.