Attorney General Candidates Talk About Cannabis

Attorney General candidates talk cannabis at Boston College

The Boston College Law School Rappaport Center held an event where the Democratic candidates for Massachusetts attorney general shared their views on several topics including cannabis. Current Attorney General Maura Healey launched her campaign to run for Governor in January 2022. The Democratic candidates include former Boston City Councillor Andrea Campbell, Attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, and Deputy General Counsel at the United States Department of Commerce Quentin Palfrey.

Among the topics discussed was the subject of cannabis. Each candidate laid out how their feelings on the future of the cannabis industry. Campbell said that she has actually helped black-owned cannabis businesses open in Massachusetts and is the only candidate for Attorney General that can say so. Liss-Riordan expressed her concern that a small number of large corporations dominate the cannabis industry. She also believes that expunging records is important now that cannabis is legal. Palfrey said that he wants to make sure that the cannabis industry is something that ends up benefiting all of the communities within in the Commonwealth. Right now Palfrey says for communities of color this is currently not the case.

The race for Attorney General in Massachusetts has direct implications on the cannabis industry. By law the Attorney General is responsible for appointing a Commissioner to the Cannabis Control Commission that has a background in public safety. The Attorney General also has the ability to participate in appointing two additional Commissioners in a vote with the Governor and Treasurer. Voters will choose the next Attorney General of Massachusetts on November 8, 2022.

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