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
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
- 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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