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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 76: Cannabis Control Commission; members; appointment; terms; chairman; secretary

[ Text of section added by 2016, 334, Sec. 3 effective December 15, 2016. See 2016, 334, Sec. 12.]

  Section 76. Cannabis Control Commission; members; appointment; terms; chairman; secretary

  (a) There shall be a commission known as the cannabis control commission to have general supervision and sole regulatory authority over the conduct of the business of marijuana establishments as defined in chapter 94G of the General Laws. The commission shall consist of 1 commissioner and 2 associate commissioners who shall be appointed by the treasurer. Not more than 2 members of the commission shall be of the same political party. The commissioner shall serve a term co-terminous with the treasurer. The associate commissioners shall serve a term of 4 years. Any vacancy occurring for any reason other than the expiration of a term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.

  (b) The treasurer shall appoint commissioners based on their experience or expertise in public health, law enforcement, social justice, the regulation and business of consumer commodities and the production and distribution of marijuana and marijuana products.

  (c) The commissioner shall serve as chair and shall preside over all official activities of the commission.

  (d) The treasurer may remove any member for neglect of duty, misconduct or malfeasance in office, after providing the member with a written statement of the charges and an opportunity to be heard.

  (e) Two members shall constitute a quorum for conducting the business of the commission. A vacancy shall not impair the right of the remaining members to exercise the powers of the commission.

  (f) The commission may expend for such investigators and clerical and other assistants as may be necessary for the performance of its duties. The commissioner may appoint a chief investigator and other investigators, who shall be exempt from chapter 31 of the General Laws, to enforce or cause to be enforced the penalties provided by law against a marijuana establishment that violates chapter 94G of the General Laws and shall make all necessary and appropriate investigations for that enforcement.

  (g) All records of the commission shall be considered public records within the meaning of chapter 66 of the General Laws.