State chooses new director for budding marijuana program

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's medical-marijuana program has a new director.

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration introduced John Collins on Thursday as head of the state Office of Medical Marijuana.

Collins will oversee the state's budding medical-marijuana program, including cultivation and distribution regulations. He starts on Monday.

Collins was chief operating officer at a Florida-based pharmacy company from June 2010 to August 2013. He joined the state's health department in April. He serves as an assistant administrator in the Division of HIV Disease.

State health secretary Karen Murphy says Collins was chosen because of his commitment and passion at the department and executive work.

Collins has no prior involvement with medical marijuana. He says his experience in a "heavily regulated medical enterprise" will help him in his new role.

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