Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Resigns, Deputy Treasurer Appointed as Interim Chairwoman
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Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Resigns, Deputy Treasurer Appointed as Interim Chairwoman

Former Chairman Steve Hoffman left his post April 25 and Deputy Treasurer Sarah Kim was sworn in last week.

May 10, 2022

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) recently underwent a change in leadership, with former Chairman Steve Hoffman resigning and Deputy Treasurer Sarah Kim appointed as the interim chairwoman.

The CCC announced May 2 that Hoffman resigned April 25, roughly four months before his five-year inaugural term was set to expire, according to a WBUR report.

Hoffman, a retired business executive and former Bain and Company partner, was appointed as chairman in 2017 by Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, according to the news outlet. He had been the only original member left on the commission for nearly a year and a half.

“Chairman Hoffman’s contributions over the past four and a half years were integral to the growth and maturation of the commission and the legal cannabis industry in Massachusetts,” a CCC spokesperson told WBUR. “The agency thanks the chair for his commitment to ensuring a safe, effective and accessible marketplace in our state.”

Goldberg is responsible for appointing Hoffman’s successor, who must have corporate management, finance or securities experience, the news outlet reported.

Goldberg has appointed Kim as the CCC’s interim chairwoman as her team searches for a more permanent replacement for Hoffman, according to The Daily News.

Kim oversees the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission and serves as general counsel to the Treasury, the news outlet reported. She also participated in Massachusetts’ initial efforts to implement the state’s adult-use cannabis law, which voters approved in 2016.

“Having previously worked alongside Sarah, I know she will instantly hit the ground running and add tremendous talent to our dynamic team,” CCC Executive Director Shawn Collins, was a senior aide to Goldberg before his role with the CCC, told The Daily News.

Goldberg will accept applications for Hoffman’s replacement until June 4, The Daily News reported.