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OLCC Chair Rob Patridge, key to implementing new pot rules, resigns

FILE -- OLCC Chair Rob Patridge appears on "Your Voice, Your Vote" to discuss implementation of voter approved recreational marijuana. (KATU File Photo)

Rob Patridge, chair of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, is stepping down to take a job in the private sector.

Among many other things, Patridge was instrumental in helping the state implement rules concerning recreational marijuana after votes legalized it in 2014.

He submitted his resignation to Gov. Kate Brown on Monday. He was appointed to chair of the OLCC in July 2013. His last day will be March 10.

Patridge also advocated for economic opportunities for the state’s licensed liquor businesses, helped expand retail liquor stores and helped spotlight Oregon’s efforts in craft alcoholic beverages and distilled spirits.

“The opportunity to serve on, and lead, the Commission during this dynamic time at the agency has been a highlight of my public service career,” said Patridge in a news release. “Because the OLCC has an extremely capable and professional staff we’ve been able to effectively and efficiently make changes that reflect the rapidly changing alcohol and cannabis markets.”

Patridge was a former state representative. His has also been the Klamath County district attorney since 2013. He is also stepping down from that job.

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