The Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General is accepting applications for the following appointments to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission:

  1. A full-time Commissioner with a background in public safety, to be appointed to the Commission by the Attorney General;
  2. A full-time Commissioner with experience in oversight or industry management in a regulated industry, to be appointed to the Commission to by a majority vote of the Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer and Receiver-General (“Treasurer”); and
  3. A full-time Commissioner with a background in legal, policy, or social justice issues related to a regulated industry, to be appointed to the Commission by a majority vote of the Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer.

Overview

The recently established Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is responsible for overseeing the recreational marijuana market and medical use of marijuana program in Massachusetts.  Cannabis Control Commissioners will be appointed by the Attorney General, Governor, and Treasurer to operate the Commission and to efficiently and effectively:

  • Adopt regulations for the administration, clarification, and enforcement of laws regulating and licensing marijuana establishments;  
  • Adopt regulations for the licensure and oversight of independent testing laboratories and establish testing protocols for the sampling, testing, and analysis of marijuana;
  • Review and license appropriate applicants for retail, manufacture, and cultivation licenses; 
  • Review marijuana commerce and the marijuana tax rate and recommend appropriate changes to the Legislature;
  • Develop a research agenda to study social and economic trends of marijuana in Massachusetts, strategies for limiting the illicit marketplace, and public health impacts of marijuana;
  • Operate a medical use of marijuana program that will allow a qualifying patient to obtain certification from a healthcare professional to purchase medical use marijuana from a medical marijuana treatment center;    
  • Maintain a confidential database of qualifying patients, registered healthcare professionals, registered medical marijuana treatment centers, and quantities dispensed to qualifying patients;   
  • Work with the Department of Public Health to establish public awareness campaigns to inform the public about responsible use of marijuana and to educate youth about marijuana use;
  • Study the feasibility of alternative tax bases for calculating taxes on marijuana and marijuana products;
  • Study participation in the regulated marijuana industry, including participation by minority business enterprises, women business enterprises, and veteran business enterprises; and   
  • Report at least annually to the Governor, the Attorney General, the Treasurer, and the Legislature.

Commissioners will serve for a term of five (5) years and will be eligible for reappointment.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and as set by statute. 

Applicants must have a demonstrated expertise in one of three areas: (1) public safety; (2) oversight or industry management, including commodities, production, or distribution in a regulated industry; or (3) legal, policy, or social justice issues related to a regulated industry.

Applicants must be residents of Massachusetts or willing to relocate to Massachusetts within 90 days of appointment.  While serving, Commissioners cannot: (1) hold, or be a candidate for, federal, state, or local elected office; (2) hold an appointed office in a federal, state, or local government; or (3) serve as an official in a political party.  No person who has been convicted of a felony will be eligible to serve on the Commission.

Application Process

Candidates may apply to be appointed to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission at the links below.

Cannabis Control Commission Application (AG Appointment).doc  doc format of Cannabis Control Commission (AG Appointment).doc

Cannabis Control Commission Application (Joint Appointments).docx  docx format of Cannabis Control Commission Application (Joint Appt.)

For more information, please contact: 

Mariya Treisman
Office of the General Counsel
Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
One Ashburton Place, 20th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617.963.2321
mariya.treisman@state.ma.us

The Attorney General’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As the representative of the Commonwealth and its residents, the Attorney General’s Office strives to ensure that those working in our office reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.   The Office encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.