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Majority of Members on Massachusetts’ Marijuana Panel Are Anti-Marijuana

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The five member board chosen for regulating Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana industry includes four members against recreational marijuana. Due to the selected members’ stances on marijuana, some leaders want to be assured that the panel won’t delay implementing the will of the voters. The board’s chair is Steven Hoffman, a retired business executive.

The panel was chosen by Governor Baker, AG Maura Healey and Treasurer Deb Goldberg according to WCVB 5 News. The other four members of the panel are Jennifer Flanagan, Kay Doyle, Shaleen Title and Britte McBride. The only member of the board to support recreational marijuana is Shaleen Title.

Title is also a national advocate for minorities owning marijuana-related businesses. She also helped draft the diversity portion of the language of the law.

Jim Borghesani, of Yes on 4, said, “We’re looking at a contradictory board.” He also said, “We hope that each of the opponents makes it clear that their personal position will in no way impact their professional responsibilities.”

Three board members – Baker, Healey and Goldberg – have all given promise that they won’t go against the will of the voters.

Baker said, “Executing the duties of the commission responsibly is vital to safely laying the groundwork for this new industry in (Massachusetts).”

No reason for opposing recreational marijuana has been offered by the board members that oppose it. Members Doyle and Title both worked in the medical marijuana program as legal counsel.

Title said, “I’m especially eager to help Massachusetts set a good example for other states in creating a newly legal market that champions equity, including for communities that have been targeted by past criminalization policies.”