Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker Appoints State Senator Jen Flanagan to Cannabis Control Commission

Baker’s pick drew immediate backlash from marijuana proponents.

August 23, 2017

Governor Charlie Baker has appointed state Senator Jen Flanagan, a Leominster Democrat who opposed the legalization of marijuana, to the new state commission that will oversee the commercial cannabis industry in Massachusetts.

The Cannabis Control Commission, or CCC, will approve and regulate marijuana sellers and establish standards for marijuana products, security at cultivation facilities and advertising limits.

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Last year, Flanagan joined a bipartisan group of 119 state legislators in opposing Question 4, the ballot measure approved by voters that legalized marijuana commerce in Massachusetts. She signed onto a letter from the group that said, “Allowing the billion-dollar marijuana industry into Massachusetts to market highly potent edible products, particularly during an addiction crisis, is the wrong path for the state,” and told the Lowell Sun she was concerned about “unknowns and unanswered questions.”

In a more recent post on her campaign website, Flanagan said there are “many moving parts to legalizing marijuana, and establishing firm regulations is crucial.”

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