SECTION 1. (a) The cannabis control commission, in consultation with the cannabis advisory board, the cannabis social equity advisory board, the department of correction, the Massachusetts sheriffs association, the office of probation, the university of Massachusetts, the executive office of housing and economic development, and the executive office of labor and workforce development shall: (i) conduct a study on programs and partnerships to encourage the employment of justice-involved individuals in the cannabis industry, including training and educational programs conducted within houses of correction, jails and prisons, as a part of probation or parole, and after release, and report the findings of that study no later than Dec. 31, 2024; and (ii) develop a pilot program to create career pathways in the cannabis industry for incarcerated individuals, individuals on probation and parole, and formerly justice-involved individuals no later than Dec. 31, 2025.
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