Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that Brian Hanna has been promoted as executive director of the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA)

Hanna previously served as acting executive director for the CRA since September, and spent five years managing field operations, inspections and investigations, according to a press release.

“In my previous experience with the agency, I developed a deep appreciation for what makes the Michigan cannabis industry and CRA so special,” Hanna said. “I am excited to serve the residents of Michigan in this role and am honored to work with Governor Whitmer during her next term. My commitment to the CRA, and its many stakeholders, is to stay laser-focused on establishing Michigan as the national model for cannabis regulations. I am lucky to lead such a fine team that works very hard to serve this legitimate industry and its consumers.”

Hanna also previously served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and worked as a criminal intelligence manager and analyst with Michigan State Police and as a deputy sheriff in Kalamazoo County, according to the release.

Shelly Edgerton, board chair of the Michigan Cannabis Manufacturers Association, said Hanna is the “right choice” for the role.

“His expertise in law enforcement, military background, and entrepreneurial spirit will serve the agency well as it looks to meet new goals in the future,” Edgerton said. “We are excited to see all he will accomplish.”