September 1, 2017

Holy Cross grad McBride tapped for Cannabis Control Commission, secures anti-legalization majority

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The business of marijuana is closer to reality each day.

The latest appointee ensures that the new commission that will regulate legal marijuana will feature a majority of members who voted against the legalization ballot law.

Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday appointed an attorney with experience working for the attorney general’s office, state Senate and Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to the newly minted Cannabis Control Commission.

Britte McBride, a Lynnfield resident, will join former state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan and former Bain and Company partner Steve Hoffman on the panel that will lead the state’s efforts to get a legal marijuana industry up and running by next summer.

McBride previously worked as legal counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, deputy counsel to the Massachusetts Senate, and for seven years was an assistant attorney general under then-AG Martha Coakley.

“Britte will bring vast experience to the Commission after spending more than a decade working at the intersection of law, regulatory policy, and public safety,” Healey said in a statement. “Her knowledge and expertise in public policy, rule-writing, and government transparency will be an asset to the Commission and the state as this new industry is launched in Massachusetts.”

McBride will be the third commissioner of three appointed so far who opposed legalization of marijuana. Healey’s office said McBride voted against Question 4, the successful ballot initiative that legalized adult use of marijuana last year.

“It is important that we do this right,” McBride said in a statement, referring to the CCC’s task of standing up a legal industry in less than a year. “I look forward to working with my fellow commission members to ensure a thoughtful, transparent process. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and I am excited to get started.”

McBride is a graduate of Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School, according to Healey’s office.

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