General Laws

[ Text of section added by 2013, 36, Sec. 5 effective July 11, 2013.]

  Section 2KKKK. There shall be established and set upon the books of the commonwealth a separate fund to be known as the Medical Marijuana Trust Fund, to be expended without prior appropriation by the department of public health. Unless a greater amount is authorized by law, the fund shall consist of revenue generated from fees collected after July 1, 2013, as authorized by section 3B of chapter 7 of the General Laws and section 13 of chapter 369 of the acts of 2012. The commissioner of public health or a designee shall administer the fund and shall make expenditures from the fund for the administrative costs of operations and programs related to said chapter 369. The department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment, amounts in anticipation of expected receipts; provided, however, that no expenditure shall be made from the fund which shall cause the fund to be in deficit at the close of a fiscal year. Moneys deposited in the fund that are unexpended at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund. The commissioner shall report annually not later than March 1 to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the fund. The report shall include, but not be limited to, revenue received by the fund, revenue and expenditure projections for the forthcoming fiscal year and details of all expenditures from the fund, including an analysis of whether the fund expenditures assisted the department in meeting its regulatory mandates.