Boston Has A New Cannabis Board

Boston Has A New Cannabis Board

WBZ News Radio reports…….Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has finalized the members of his newly-created cannabis review board, which will be oversee the local approval process for all marijuana license applications within the city. The Board members will include a former Boston Police Department Superintendent, the former Chair of the Boston Licensing Board, and a former Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. All five members live in Boston neighborhoods, four out of five are women, and four out of five are people of color. The announcement comes after Walsh partnered with Councilor Kim Janey and the Boston City Council in November 2019, signing an Ordinance Establishing Equitable Regulation of the Cannabis Industry in the City of Boston. The ordinance aims to ensure Boston is a model for how cities can develop a legal cannabis industry that fosters racial equality and inclusion. According to the ordinance, the Board was established because “certain racial and ethnic groups, in particular Blacks and Latinos, have been disproportionately arrested and incarcerated for the use and distribution of cannabis and other drugs due to the so-called ‘War on Drugs,’ and to date, no certified minority-owned businesses have been licensed by the state’s Cannabis Control Commission.” It also cites the law which “requires the development of ‘procedures and policies to promote and encourage full participation in the regulated marijuana industry by people from communities that have previously been disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition, and enforcement and to positively impact those communities.’” It says the neighborhoods particularly impacted in Boston…

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