Massachusetts marijuana oversight board is taking shape

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday picked five people to serve on the Cannabis Advisory Board that will help guide regulators enforcing recreational and medical marijuana laws.

The governor’s selections bring to 15 the number of advisory board members.

The panel eventually will consist of 25 members, who will be tasked with offering recommendations to the Cannabis Control Commission. The five-member commission, which must be in place by Sept. 1, will regulate Massachusetts’ cannabis sector.

The governor’s appointees, according to The Boston Globe:

  • John Carmichael: Town of Walpole’s police chief and staunch opponent of cannabis use.
  • Kim Napoli: Labor lawyer and co-founder of a Boston hemp products store.
  • Mary Ann Pesce: Retired corporate executive who helps guide start-ups and sits on the Boston-based boards.
  • Lydia Sisson: Co-founded an urban food production and sustainability initiative in Lowell.
  • Henry Thomas: Longtime president of the Urban League of Springfield and ex-chairman of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees.

Attorney General Maura Healey also made five appointments to the advisory board this week, according to the Boston Business Journal:

  • Ray Berry: Founder and president of White Lion Brewing Co. in Springfield.
  • Andrea Cabral: Former Secretary of Public Safety and ex-sheriff to Suffolk County.
  • Dr. Sharon Levy: Director of the adolescent substance abuse program at Boston Children’s Hospital.
  • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti: Director of an entrepreneurship program.
  • Horace Small: Executive director of the Union of Minority Neighborhoods.

Treasurer Deb Goldberg appointed five members to the board on July 28, the day the governor signed into law a recreational marijuana bill.

Massachusetts is targeting a July 2018 launch date for the rec program.