SECTION 1. Chapter 64N of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 2XX. (a) The Department of Public Health shall establish an Adolescent Substance Use Prevention and Early Intervention Trust Fund. On an annual basis, not less than three percent of all sums released pursuant to the excise tax imposed on marijuana products by Section 2 of Chapter 64N shall be credited to the fund, held in trust and used solely for the purposes of preventing and reducing adolescent substance use and shall be available for expenditure by the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health. These funds shall not be used to replace existing funding allocated to state substance use prevention efforts but solely to increase the total amount of expenditures to prevent and reduce adolescent substance use and its harms.
(b) The funds directed to the trust fund pursuant to paragraph (a) shall be allocated by the Commissioner, consistent with substance use prevention programmatic recommendations of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration and in consultation with the oversight committee created pursuant to paragraph (c), to ensure the use of best practices in the prevention and reduction of adolescent substance use and the identification and elimination of disparities related to substance use among diverse population group.
(c) Within 90 days after this section goes into effect, an oversight committee of nine members shall be established to assist the Commissioner in developing, implementing, and maintaining a strategic plan for allocating the funds directed to the trust fund, pursuant to paragraph (a), in monitoring and evaluating the use of the funds and all other state expenditures to prevent and reduce adolescent substance use and its harms, and in assessing the efficacy of all such expenditures to prevent and reduce adolescent substance use and its harms. Three members of the oversight committee shall be appointed by the Governor, two by the majority leader of the Senate, two by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, one by the minority leader of the Senate, and one by the minority leader of the House of Representatives. The members of the oversight committee shall have experience and expertise in public health, adolescent and adult substance use prevention policies and programs, public education and counter-marketing, and program oversight and evaluation. No member of the oversight committee shall, during the member’s tenure on the committee and for three years before joining the committee, receive any salary, grants, or other payments or support from any business that manufactures, distributes, markets, or sells marijuana or marijuana products or serve as a director, employee, or consultant of any organization that receives grants or contributions from any such business or that provides legal, lobbying, public relations, marketing, or advertising services to any such business. Each member of the oversight committee shall also agree not to enter into any such financial or business relationships with the marijuana industry for a period of two years after that member’s tenure on the oversight committee ends. The oversight committee shall annually provide a publicly available report to the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the Senate President, the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, the Joint Committee on Public Health, and the House and Senate Clerks on marijuana use and its related harms the programming funded through the trust fund established in paragraph (a), and related evaluation findings.
(d) The Department of Public Health shall have the authority to promulgate reasonable rules to implement this section.
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