Former Oregon Regulator to Head New York City Cannabis Department

Dasheeda Dawson was named founding director of Cannabis NYC.

A former marijuana regulator from Oregon has been appointed to head up New York City’s brand-new cannabis department, Cannabis NYC.

Dasheeda Dawson, chairwoman of Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition and ex-director of the Portland, Oregon, cannabis program, was named founding director of Cannabis NYC by New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Small Business Services Commissioner Kevin Kim, according to a news release on Thursday.

Dawson was born and raised in Brooklyn and said she’s excited to lead the agency as a “force for positive change.”

Dawson also wrote on Twitter Thursday that the news for her was “bittersweet.”

“God knows I wouldn’t be ready for NYC without the last 2.5 years in (Portland),” Dawson wrote.

According to the release, Dawson will focus her efforts on a range of policy issues and support systems for cannabis entrepreneurs in New York City, including acting as a liaison between the office and other city agencies, creating support systems for businesses, and working on policy development.

John Schroyer


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