BOSTON – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has opened the application process for her office’s individual and joint appointments to the Cannabis Control Commission, the agency that will regulate both the recreational and medical marijuana industries in Massachusetts.
Last Friday, Governor Baker signed into law “An Act to Ensure Safe Access to Marijuana,” which creates a five-member Cannabis Control Commission. The Attorney General, Governor, and Treasurer each appoint one commissioner, and the other two commissioners are appointed jointly. The law specifies that the Attorney General’s individual appointee shall have a background in public safety.
Candidates interested in either the AG’s individual appointment or the joint appointments to the Cannabis Control Commission should submit an application by Aug. 15, 2017. Appointments will be made by Sept. 1.
The new law also establishes a 25-member Cannabis Advisory Board, which is charged with studying and making recommendations on the regulation of marijuana and marijuana products. The Board includes five members to be appointed by the Attorney General. These appointments are for two years and are unpaid.
Today, August 1, Massachusetts Attorney General Healey named her five appointments to the Cannabis Advisory Board, who were selected based on their expertise in social welfare, criminal justice reform, minority business ownership, women-owned business ownership, and the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.
The Attorney General appointees to the Cannabis Advisory Board are:
- Horace Small, Union of Minority Neighborhoods – Small has been active in the Greater Boston community since the 1970s, working for a number of non-profit organizations, campaigns, and unions. Since 2001, he has served as the Executive Director of the Union of Minority Neighborhoods, which is dedicated to training people of color to be leaders on the local, regional, and national stage. Small received his undergraduate degree from Saint John’s University and received his master’s from Southern New Hampshire University.
- Tessa Murphy-Romboletti, Director of the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation’s entrepreneurship program, known as SPARK – Born and raised in Holyoke, Murphy-Romboletti graduated from the University of Delaware in 2011. Last November, Murphy-Romboletti was named the Director of SPARK, Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation’s entrepreneurship program. SPARK is dedicated to supporting new and small businesses in Holyoke, particularly those with under-represented leadership, to grow the local economy. Previously, she worked for the Office of the Mayor of Holyoke and served as a development specialist for the Office of Planning & Economic Development. Through these positions, she has played a pivotal role in the city’s urban-renewal program.
- Andrea Cabral, former Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety, former Sheriff of Suffolk County – A graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, Cabral has worked in a number of government and non-profit offices dedicated to criminal justice. Cabral served as the Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety from 2013 to 2015. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Sheriff to Suffolk County from 2002 to 2013. In her long career in law enforcement, Cabral has distinguished herself as an advocate for criminal justice reform. Since 2015, Cabral has shared her expertise with the WGBH team as a frequent guest commentator and host.
- Ray Berry, Founder, White Lion Brewing Company, Springfield – Raymond Berry is the Founder and president of the nationally-recognized White Lion Brewing Company, the first craft beer company to recognize Springfield as its home. Previously, Berry spent over a decade serving in management roles for community organizations, including the Springfield Housing Authority, MARC Community Resources, and the United Way of Pioneer Valley. Berry is currently a board member for AAA Pioneer Valley, Springfield College, Valley Venture Mentors, BLA, and the local YMCA. Recently, Berry served as a mayoral appointed and city council approved Commissioner for Springfield’s License Board. Berry earned his BS from American International College, MBA from Springfield College, and a graduate certificate from Tufts University.
- Dr. Sharon Levy, Director of Adolescent Substance Abuse, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School – Dr. Sharon Levy, MD, MPH is the Director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics. Under her leadership, ASAP provides field-leading care for adolescents with substance use disorders and pioneers research into new treatment strategies. Dr. Levy completed medical school and residency at New York University, where she served as Chief Resident and became interested in the field of substance abuse and child and family advocacy. She accepted a Dyson Advocacy Training Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she has practiced for two decades. Dr. Levy is also the recipient of a career award from the National Institutes of Health.