The Cannabis Advisory Board studies and makes recommendations to the Cannabis Control Commission regarding the regulation and taxation of marijuana in Massachusetts.
The Board consists of 25 members:
- Five appointees by the Governor
- Five appointees by the Treasurer and Receiver General
- Five appointees by the Attorney General
- 10 ex officio members with expertise and knowledge relevant to the Board’s mission
- Kimberly Napoli
Expert in minority business development
- Henry M. Thomas, III
Expert in economic development strategies for under-resourced communities
Expert in farming or representing the interests of farmers
- Mary Ann Pesce
Expert representing the interests of employers
- Chief John Carmichael, Jr.
Expert in municipal law enforcement with advanced training in impairment detection and evaluation
Treasurer and Receiver General Appointees
- Michael Dundas
Expert in marijuana cultivation
- Amanda Rositano
Expert in marijuana product manufacturing
- Dr. Alan Balsam
Expert in laboratory sciences and toxicology
- Marion McNabb
Expert in marijuana retail
- Laury Lucien
Expert in providing legal services to marijuana businesses
Attorney General Appointees
Expert in social welfare or social justice
- Andrea Cabral
Expert in criminal justice reform to mitigate the disproportionate impact of drug prosecutions on communities of color
- Courtney Chelo
Expert in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders
- Raymond Berry
Expert in minority business ownership
- Helen Gomez Andrews
Expert in women-owned business
Ex Officio Members
- Shawn Collins
Executive Director of the Cannabis Control Commission, serves as chair
- Mike Kennealy
Secretary of Housing and Economic Development
Designee: Edward A. Palleschi, Undersecretary for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
- Geoffrey E. Snyder
Commissioner of Revenue
Designee: Timothy Rooney
- Margaret Cooke
Acting Commissioner of Public Health
Designee: Patricia Henley, Director of Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program
- John Lebeaux
Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture
- Christopher Mason
Colonel and Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police
Designee: Detective Lieutenant Kenneth Halloran
- Ruthanne Fuller, Mayor of Newton
President of the Massachusetts Municipal Association
Designee: Shaun Suhoski, Athol Town Manager
- Nichole Snow
President of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, Inc.
- Frank Shaw
Registered qualifying patient appointed by the President of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance, Inc.
- Carol Rose
Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, Inc.
Designee: Whitney Taylor, Political Director, ACLU of Massachusetts
Cannabis Advisory Board Subcommittees
Make recommendations regarding cultivation, processing, manufacturing, transportation, distribution, seed-to-sale tracking, and market stability.
Members: Michael Dundas (Chair), Ed Palleschi, Kim Napoli, Helen Gomez Andrews, Tim Rooney, Frank Shaw, Mary Ann Pesce, Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture John Lebeaux
Commissioner Liaison: Nurys Camargo
Develop recommendations on women, minority and veteran-owned businesses, local agriculture, and growing cooperatives.
Members: Ray Berry (Chair), Henry M. Thomas, Kim Napoli, Amanda Rositano, Whitney Taylor, Laury Lucien, Helen Gomez Andrews
Commissioner Liaison: Bruce Stebbins
Public Safety and Community Mitigation
Develop recommendations on law enforcement, property, business, and consumer issues.
Members: Andrea Cabral (Chair), Ken Halloran, Chief Carmichael, Whitney Taylor, Frank Shaw, Laury Lucien
Develop recommendations on products, labeling, marketing, advertising, related public health issues, potency, and packaging.
Members: Nichole Snow (Chair), Courtney Chelo, Patti Henley, Dr. Alan Balsam, Marion McNabb
Commissioner Liaison: Ava Callender Concepcion
Members: Courtney Chelo (Chair), Henry M. Thomas, Chief Carmichael, Amanda Rositano, Nichole Snow, Dr. Alan Balsam, Marion McNabb
Commissioner Liaison: Kimberly Roy
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