Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office director resigns

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Cynthia Franklin, who helped guide Alaska's work in setting up the state's legal marijuana industry, is resigning as director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.

    In a release Thursday, state commerce commissioner Chris Hladick says Franklin's leadership leaves the Alcoholic Beverage and Marijuana Control boards and their staffs well positioned to continue high-quality work.

    Franklin was named director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in 2014, two months before voters legalized recreational use of marijuana, and later also became director of the Marijuana Control Board, created in 2015.

    The Alcoholic Beverage and Marijuana Control boards share staff.

    Franklin, who is taking a job with the Department of Law, didn't immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.

    Hladick expects a new director to be appointed in early January.

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