Officials in Massachusetts have appointed two more members to the state Cannabis Control Commission, adding Kay Doyle, former deputy general counsel to the Department of Public Health, and Shaleen Title, co-founder of THC Staffing Group, a cannabis industry recruiting firm.
Title is an attorney who specializes in cannabis regulations and co-authored the voter-approved referendum to legalize cannabis in the Bay State. She is also a founding board member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association, and sits on the boards of the Marijuana Majority and Family Law and Cannabis Alliance. Title said she was “honored to be entrusted with implementing the will of the Commonwealth’s voters in forming a new post-prohibition approach” to cannabis regulation.
Her appointment fulfills the requirement that one member of the commission has a background in legal, policy, or social justice issues related to a regulated cannabis industry.
“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,” she said in a press release.
Doyle, who acted as primary counsel to the Medical Use of Marijuana Program, said she was “humbled” by the appointment. Doyle fills the requirement that at least one commissioner has experience in cannabis industry oversight or industry management, including commodities, production, or distribution.
“I look forward to working with Chairman [Steven] Hoffman and my fellow commissioners to implement safe and sensible regulations that protect the health and wellness of Massachusetts residents,” she said in the release.
The new commissioners, who will serve three-year terms, were picked by Gov. Charlie Baker, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, and Attorney General Maura Healey.
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