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Ticker: Shannon O’Brien to chair pot commission; Job openings jump in July 

When the Cannabis Control Commission marks its five-year anniversary on Thursday, it will also get a new chairperson — former state Treasurer Shannon O’Brien. Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who is responsible for appointing someone with a financial background to chair the marijuana industry regulatory body, announced Tuesday that she will swear in O’Brien, who served as state treasurer from 1999 until 2003, as chair of the CCC on Thursday. “I am confident that her financial background, experience in corporate governance, executive management and business development, combined with outstanding leadership skills and an acute knowledge of the legislative process, will help the Massachusetts cannabis industry be fairly regulated, equitable and successful,” Goldberg said of O’Brien, who follows in...

Massachusetts lawmakers looking to strike unconstitutional Controlled Substances Act

Lawmakers are about to weed out a law that’s overgrown its usefulness. A seldom used and apparently unconstitutional part of the General Laws may soon be stricken, if an outside section of the state Senate’s fiscal 2023 budgets makes it past muster during Tuesday’s debate. “This court concluded that the assessment of the tax on essentially the same activity for which a dealer had received criminal sanctions was punishment prohibited by principles of double jeopardy,” the Supreme Judicial Court wrote in 1998, upholding a tax board’s decision to abate a dealer’s tax liability for their illegal drugs. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Battenfeld: Maura Healey’s move to the left predictable but clashes with reality

Published: Mar 4, 2022, 11:56 am • Updated: Mar 4, 2022, 11:57 am By Joe Battenfeld Attorney General Maura Healey’s completely predictable move to the left is designed to ward off her liberal Democratic challengers but it clashes with reality and may come with a cost in a general election. Healey is disputing characterizations of her as more “moderate” than her opponents despite the fact that she’s been a hard-core law and order opponent of marijuana legalization and casino gambling, and has praised the job performance of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. “I am a proud progressive,” she told WBUR in an interview this week. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

Ticker: Pot grower fined, fishing gets relief

After imposing a cumulative $800,000 in fines last month, the Cannabis Control Commission slapped a $120,000 fine Thursday on a cultivator and manufacturer that sold vaporizer cartridges that exceeded allowed state limits for ethanol. The commission unanimously approved the fine and a four-month probation period for Revolutionary Clinics, which grows marijuana and manufactures marijuana products in Fitchburg, after the two sides reached a settlement. The company said one of its lab technicians, who has since been fired, did not read the complete test results showing that the cartridges exceeded the state’s ethanol limit and therefore could not be sold. “In September 2019, we participated in a voluntary dispute resolution conference with the CCC and subsequently provided a full account of t...