Robert Fireman, chairman and CEO of MariMed, Inc., died unexpectedly on Dec. 11, the company announced Monday.

MariMed said it will provide an update on succession once its board has determined its path forward.

"Bob Fireman worked tirelessly and passionately until his last day as chairman and CEO of MariMed to fulfill our mission of improving people’s lives, much as he did as a philanthropist who cared so deeply about the people and community around him,” said MariMed President Jon Levine. “He was my business partner and dear friend, and I look forward to honoring his legacy by achieving our shared vision for the company. He was one-of-a-kind and will be deeply missed by his family, his wide circle of friends, the cannabis community that he helped build, and the entire MariMed family.”

Fireman served as CEO of MariMed since 2017 and as a member of its Board of Directors since the company’s formation. Under his leadership the MariMed team applied for and was awarded legal cannabis licenses in several states and developed and operated state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation, production, and retail facilities.

A practicing attorney for over 30 years, Fireman’s legal acumen and entrepreneurial experience in diverse industries were instrumental in navigating MariMed through the complex, emerging cannabis industry.

Fireman is survived by his wife and partner of nearly 30 years, Ellen Porter Fireman.

"On behalf of the entire MariMed family, we extend our deepest condolences to Ellen and the Fireman and Porter families," Levine said.

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