Jeff Gunn

Massachusetts Treasurer Picks Legalization Opponent to Head Cannabis Control Commission

Yet another cannabis legalization opponent has been named to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, as Steven Hoffman has been tabbed to lead the agency by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. Hoffman, a former partner at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, joins other legalization adversaries in state Sen. Jen Flanagan and Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael Jr., who were appointed by Gov. Charlie Baker.

According to WBURHoffman voted “no” on the legalization ballot question.

“I hope to guide this Commission thoughtfully and responsibly as we implement the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts,” Hoffman said in a statement. “We have a lot to do, I am excited to get to work.”

Under the legislature’s version of the voter-approved law, the treasurer’s appointee was required to have finance, securities, or corporate management experience. In addition to his work running Bain’s 600-person Boston office, Hoffman has served as the executive vice-president and chief strategy officer at Sapient, and senior vice president at CSC Index – both corporate management consulting firms.

“Steven brings a wealth of invaluable experience from a long and distinguished career in business development, corporate strategy and senior management,” Goldberg said in the release. “I am confident that he will serve the Commonwealth well and steer this brand-new industry in the right direction.”

Hoffman, 64, will serve a five-year term.

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