Senator Named to Marijuana Regulatory Post Opposed Legal Pot
BOSTON (AP) — A Democratic state senator who opposed the ballot question that legalized recreational marijuana was named Wednesday by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to the regulatory board that will oversee the cannabis industry in Massachusetts.
Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, of Leominster, is the first appointee to the five-member Cannabis Control Commission. She will serve as an associate commissioner beginning on Sept. 1 after resigning from her Senate seat at the end of the month.
The governor, in a statement, touted Flanagan’s experience in the Legislature on issues involving substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery as invaluable to the state’s goal of “effective, responsible and safe implementation of the adult use of marijuana.”
Flanagan played a key role in crafting a 2016 state law that offered several new approaches to stemming the deadly opioid addiction crisis. She opposed the marijuana initiative on the November ballot, citing concerns over unknown or unanswered questions about what legalization might mean to Massachusetts.
Why Are California Cops Raiding Legal Marijuana Grows?
Marijuana legalization can be best described as a partnership. For cannabis to become a commodity that is bought and sold like alcohol, tobacco or tomatoes, everybody involved—lawmakers, law-enforcement and the people who grow, sell and consume marijuana—has to come to some kind of agreement on how things will work.
This is how everything else in our society works. If one party decides that they don’t like the rules, it can throw the whole affair into chaos.
To date, among those three players mentioned above, most of the stubborn, recalcitrant resistance has come from the police. (Shocking. Nobody could have predicted this.) And in certain northern California communities, where marijuana is the major economic driver and where local governments are offering permits for commercial marijuana activity, it’s the police who are choosing to create havoc by behaving as if legalization never happened.
State Senator First Appointee to Pot Regulatory Board
BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has named a Democratic state senator to the regulatory board that will oversee recreational and medical marijuana in Massachusetts.
Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, of Leominster, is the first person appointed to the five-member Cannabis Control Commission.
Flanagan opposed the November ballot question that legalized adult use of recreational marijuana, as did Baker.
The governor touted Flanagan’s experience in the Legislature on issues involving substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery.
In a statement, Flanagan said she looked forward to serving on the commission and “responsibly regulating this new industry.”
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Nevada Gaming Commission to Discuss Weed and Casinos
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Gaming Commission hopes to address the problems the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana present during an upcoming special meeting.
The Las Vegas Sun reports the commission will meet Thursday to discuss ways to not allow the state’s gaming companies to be associated with something that is technically illegal.
Though the state has legalized recreational pot, using and selling marijuana is still a violation of federal law.
State gaming laws and regulations specifically prohibit behavior by gaming licensees that would discredit the industry. Nevada’s gaming regulators say violating a federal law could do exactly that.
Alaska Regulators to Hear Comments on Onsite Pot Use
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State regulators plan to take comment through Oct. 27 on a proposal that would allow authorized retail marijuana shops in Alaska to provide a place for people to consume cannabis products they buy.
Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board has gone back and forth on the onsite consumption issue.
But it agreed last month to once again advance for comment draft rules for allowing onsite use. The formal notice of the proposed rules and the comment period came out this week.
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