Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office director leaving for Department of Law position

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) The office in charge of regulating alcohol and marijuana in Alaska is searching for a new leader.

Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office director Cynthia Franklin announced this week that she is leaving. She said she will be working for the Alaska Department of Law as an assistant attorney general in the Civil Division, working with the Alaska Consumer Protection Act.

"It's a good time to go," Franklin said. "I feel I can leave with my head held high. We have accomplished so many things."

Franklin became the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board director in September 2014. A short time later, marijuana was legalized in the state and she was tasked with also leading the Marijuana Control Board, which developed regulations for the industry and issued licenses. Both offices merged this year.

"Her leadership over the past two years leaves the staff and boards well positioned to continue the high-quality work Alaskans have come to expect," wrote Chris Hladick, commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Franklin's last day with the Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office is January 6. Hladick said he hopes to appoint a new director by early January.

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