Leaked Documents Behind Dismissal of OR Official

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) says Tom Burns, the former head of marijuana programs in the state, was terminated from his post because he leaked sensitive documents to lobbyists for cannabis growers and dispensaries.

Burns was directly involved in the rulemaking process for the state’s recreational marijuana program, which is currently in development.

Burns apparently emailed at least one confidential document to lobbyists, a serious breach of protocol. After administrators found out about the leak and confronted him, he reportedly lied about it, according to an NBC affiliate.

“(Burns’) employment was ended when we presented him with the evidence that he had shared that document,” Tom Towslee, a spokesman for the OLCC, told the TV station.

It’s not clear exactly what kind of material Burns shared with the lobbyists.

The OLCC and other officials reiterated that despite the setback, the state remains on track for drafting regulations for the industry. Administrator Will Higlin has been assigned to take over for Burns for the time being.

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4 comments on “Leaked Documents Behind Dismissal of OR Official
  1. Lyle Courtsal on

    Got rid of the wrong official. The person chairing the LCB hearing I went to owned two wineries; a clear conflict of interest and I am sure there are a lot more in that agency; the main problem is the bunk corporate funded research they are basing their conclusions on though. I found out that the NIH is not funding studies that look into the beneficial medical efficacy of cannabis, but only those that go into the negative consequences of use and those studies are biased and easily discredited. Lyle Courtsal

  2. Lyle Courtsal on

    I am sorry. The officials I am referring to are in Washington state but the regulatory subculture is similar I am sure. When a media broadcaster stoops to invoking really sensationalist crap segments based on outright lies, you know you have won the day because they only prove whose money they are listening to and obeying. The attacks nationally on even I-502 were not only low and mean-spirited, they also exposed just how misinformed big propaganda operatives really were. Lyle Courtsal

  3. mishap on

    Crooked bureaucrats?! Pay Colorado’s MED a visit someday and watch cash go directly in the pockets of the staff, right out in the open. Then there’s the over-collection of license/application fees by investigators, and inspectors make stuff up to fine stores/grows for. It’s all a cash grab at the city, county, and state levels, why would any other state be different?
    But dispensary owners are the criminals, and the taxpayers need to be protected from us…

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