Massachusetts: Governor Appoints Senator Flanagan to Cannabis Control Commission
By Michael Bachara
Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker named state senator Jennifer L. Flanagan as the gubernatorial appointee to the five-member Cannabis Control Commission, the commission charged with regulating both the adult use and medical marijuana industries.
“As a member of the legislature, Senator Flanagan has been a champion and important partner with us on bipartisan efforts to enact comprehensive legislation around substance use prevention, treatment and recovery,” said Governor Baker. “Her experience and service will be invaluable to the Cannabis Control Commission and to the people of Massachusetts as the Commission, our administration, the Treasurer, Attorney General, lawmakers, educators and public health and safety professionals work together to ensure the effective, responsible and safe implementation of the adult use of marijuana in the Commonwealth.”
Per statute, the governor’s appointee shall have a background in public health, mental health, substance use, or toxicology. Flanagan will resign her State Senate seat effective August 31.
“Senator Flanagan is an excellent choice to serve on the Cannabis Control Commission,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “Her academic, professional and legislative experience make her eminently qualified to serve. And, she’s tough but fair and her integrity is beyond reproach. Well done, Governor Baker!”
"I am honored to have been chosen as Governor Baker's appointee to the Cannabis Control Commission and I am grateful for the trust he has placed in me,” said Senator Flanagan (D–Worcester and Middlesex). “I look forward to serving on the Commission as Massachusetts moves forward in responsibly regulating this new industry."
The Cannabis Control Commission was established by the ballot initiative approved by voters last November and in bipartisan legislation signed by Governor Baker in July, consisting of one appointee each from the Governor, Treasurer and Attorney General, and two members to be agreed upon by the majority of those three constitutional officers. The legislation established a requirement that the Cannabis Control Commission set potency limits for edible marijuana products and that it adopt packaging requirements that conform to a detailed list of health and safety protections.
Earlier this month, Governor Baker named five appointees to the Cannabis Advisory Board, charged with studying and making recommendations to the Cannabis Control Commission on the regulation and taxation of marijuana.