The longtime leader of Maine’s largest marijuana company has left to take a job with the company’s out-of-state parent.
Patricia Rosi became CEO of Wellness Connection of Maine, which runs four of Maine’s eight medical marijuana dispensaries, in 2013. The company had just opened its first dispensary a year earlier. Now Wellness employs about 80 people in four retail locations, as well as its Auburn cultivation facility. She has told state lawmakers that Wellness earned $16 million last year.
Rosi has been the face of corporate marijuana in Maine for years. The French native was a frequent presence in Augusta as she lobbied state lawmakers to expand the medical program, give equal treatment to large marijuana dispensary operators and smaller providers known as caregivers, and launch the state’s budding adult-use program. But she often clashed with caregivers, who painted Wellness as a corporate carpetbagger.
Rosi lives in Falmouth with her husband, Jacques Santucci, the founder of cannabis consulting and business software companies.
State documents show Rosi withdrew as a principal of NPG LLC, a company owned by Wellness Connection, in April, and was no longer listed as the chief point of contact on the company’s adult-use marijuana license applications to the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy. Wellness has declined to respond to multiple phone calls and emails over the past month about Rosi’s status.
She announced on social networking service LinkedIn this week that she is now the vice president of marketing at Acreage Holdings, the New York-based corporate parent of Wellness Connection. Although it has a heavy New England presence, Acreage boasts management contracts with medical and adult-use marijuana companies across 20 states in its financial disclosures to investors.
Acreage is one of the biggest