SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed an attorney from his staff to direct the state’s medical marijuana program.

Rauner’s office on Friday announced Joseph Wright has been named to head the program. He’s currently assistant general counsel in the governor’s office.

Wright succeeds Bob Morgan, who stepped down last month to go into private law practice.

Wright has already been working with the state agencies involved in the medical marijuana program as a liaison to their legal teams. He’s also helped the governor’s office with Freedom of Information Act requests.

Wright graduated from the University of Illinois and received a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He’s been a law clerk for Holland & Knight, the Illinois Attorney General and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

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