PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission says it fired the official hired to lead Oregon’s preparations to regulate recreational marijuana because he shared an internal document with a lawyer representing marijuana growers, and then lied about it.
Agency spokesman Tom Towslee says Tom Burns denied sending it during a meeting Thursday with OLCC executive director Steven Marks. Towslee says Burns was fired after he was presented with evidence that he had emailed the document.
Burns oversaw the rollout of the state’s medical marijuana dispensary program. He was tapped in December to direct marijuana programs for the OLCC.
The agency’s licensing director, Will Higlin, is filling in for Burns until a permanent replacement is found.