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Sacramento’s first marijuana czar resigns from City Hall post

Meet Sacramento’s new commercial cannabis czar

Joe Devlin has been appointed as the Sacramento's first Chief of Cannabis Policy Enforcement. He will be the marijuana compliance manager for multiple city agencies licensing and overseeing dispensaries, commercial cultivators, manufacturers labs
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Joe Devlin has been appointed as the Sacramento's first Chief of Cannabis Policy Enforcement. He will be the marijuana compliance manager for multiple city agencies licensing and overseeing dispensaries, commercial cultivators, manufacturers labs

Sacramento’s first commercial pot czar is no longer with the city after two years on the job.

Joe Devlin, 41, resigned from his post this week, he told the Sacramento Bee Thursday morning.

“I’m grateful to the city for the opportunity to have filled that role,” Devlin said. “I’m very proud of the work we were able to accomplish. I want to thank (City Manager) Howard (Chan) and the mayor for believing and trusting in me. I don’t know what I’m going to do next, but it was a great experience.”

The city has not yet selected an interim cannabis chief, city spokesman Tim Swanson said.

On Thursday morning, Devlin’s LinkedIn page listed his current job as “TBD.” Also on the site, he wrote, “Proud to have created and then lead what may have been California’s first municipal office to oversee permitting and regulations for cannabis. Responsible for developing cannabis policy, enforcement of regulations and issuing permits for cultivation, manufacturing, sale and other parts of the industry.”

Devlin oversaw the city’s 30 licensed cannabis dispensaries, as well as frequent applications for new delivery companies, and cultivation and manufacturing facilities. Devlin also served as the point person for a new city program to encourage more minorities to get in to the cannabis business, and the city’s crackdown on illegal grow houses.

Prior to serving as the pot czar, Devlin worked as City Councilman Jay Schenirer’s chief of staff for six years and as a former legislative aide at the state Capitol. He also formerly served as a civilian media officer in Iraq, and graduated from California State University, Sacramento.

As of February, Devlin’s salary was $136,952.

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Theresa Clift covers Sacramento City Hall. Before joining The Bee in 2018, she worked as a local government reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Daily Press in Virginia and the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin. She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University.
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