By Derrick Stanley
Oregon Governor Kate Brown created a new position for her administration: a senior adviser on marijuana policy.
Jeffrey Rhoades, a veteran Multnomah County prosecutor, will advise the governor on all marijuana issues.
Rhoades begins his new job on June 2, with an annual salary of $94,448.
"It's not a day too early as far as I am concerned," said Ivo Trummer, the governor's legislative director, speaking to Oregon Cannabis Association members at an event held at the Laurelhust Club in Southeast Portland.
In 2014 Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper created a high-level post dedicated to marijuana policy. Andrew Freedman is Colorado's director of marijuana coordination, which focuses on regulating the state's medical and recreational markets, as well as promoting public health, public safety and keeping marijuana away from kids.
In Washington, cannabis is part of the governor's public safety adviser's job.
In a statement Friday, Brown said Rhoades will help "create responsive regulations in what is still a new industry."
"Jeff will be mindful of my focus on public safety, user awareness and educating youth as this burgeoning new business sector takes root," Brown said.
Trummer said that Brown's administration is eager to work with Oregon's marijuana businesses.