Senior Policy Advisor with Ohio Commerce to conduct Leadership Q&A on Nov. 14th

Mark Hamlin to discuss Ohio's new medical marijuana industry

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MARIETTA, OHIO (11/01/2018) Mark Hamlin, Ohio Department of Commerce's Senior Policy Advisor, will be conducting the third Leadership Q&A of the fall semester at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 14th, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.

The Q&A is free and open to the public.

Hamlin joined the Department of Commerce in March 2018 and is tasked with helping to implement the Medical Marijuana Control Program. Prior to joining the Department, Hamlin served as Chief of Staff for Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Director of Regulatory Policy for the Common Sense Initiative.

As Director of Regulatory Policy, he was charged with implementing a regulatory review process that evaluated Ohio Administrative Code rules proposed by state agencies and recommending solutions to regulatory and compliance issues with the overall goal of creating a better regulatory framework in Ohio. Since 2012, the Common Sense Initiative has reviewed more than 12,500 business-impacting rules, and approximately 61 percent of those rules have been either amended or rescinded.

Hamlin has served in numerous roles in Ohio state government, including roles with the Auditor of State's Office, the Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Ohio House of Representatives. He received a master's degree in Public Policy and Government from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Hamlin will also be making a presentation on "Understanding Ohio's New Medical Marijuana Industry" for the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley at noon, Wednesday, November 14th, at the Marietta Country Club.

The Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley is a non-partisan non-political educational organization that formed in 1982 as a result of collaboration between the Business and Economics Department at Marietta College and a mix of business, civic and educational leaders. The object of the Economic Roundtable is to promote an interest in and to enlighten its members and others in the community on important governmental, economic, and social issues. Since its inception, the Economic Roundtable of the Ohio Valley has presented the Ohio Valley with more than 160 distinguished speakers who have enlightened and informed ERT members with their fascinating discussion on a broad scope of governmental, economic and social issues.

The ERT's speaker series is open to its members only. The ERT's membership is open to all interested individuals at $35 a year. To join ERT, please contact Greg Delemeester at or call him at (740) 376-4630. You may find more information on the ERT at

Located in Marietta, Ohio, at the confluence of the Muskingum and Ohio rivers, Marietta College is a four-year liberal arts college. Tracing its roots to the Muskingum Academy back in 1797, the College was officially chartered in 1835. Today Marietta College serves a body of 1,200 full-time students. The College offers 49 majors and is consistently ranked as one of the top regional comprehensive colleges by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, as well as one of the nation's best by Marietta was selected seventh in the nation according to the Brookings Institution's rankings of colleges by their highest value added, regardless of major.