Sources; Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg Extended a July 2022 Deadline for the Then-Open Position of CCC Chair to “Allow More Women of Color to Apply", Despite the Fact that Goldberg had Personally Asked Eventual Choice Shannon O’Brien to Apply.
New Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) Chair Shannon O'Brien, appointed in August of 2022 by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, has come under fire following an appointment process decried by members of the public as opaque and preordained.
Over the past three weeks beating drums of controversy surrounding the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) – specifically an opaque appointment process, run by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, leading to the selection of new Chairperson Shannon O’Brien – have crescendoed into a sustained roar.
This 5 image collection contains highlights from the Greenfield Greenery application PDF provided above. The documents indicate O'Brien held a 50% stake in Greenfield Greenery and there are no further documents on the Commission's website indicating O'Brien's name had been removed from the application. If a change of ownership is approved for Greenfield Greenery, it must be posted publicly on the agencies' website by law.
Why did O’Brien begin the process of resigning from Greenfield Greenery in December of 2021?
Why did O’Brien wait until May of 2022 to submit a change of ownership for Greenfield Greenery?
Why was O’Brien formally appointed, despite the appointment of an interim-Chair, before her change of ownership was approved by the CCC?
Why did the Treasurer's office extend the initial July 2022 deadline for the position of CCC Chair to seek more candidates of color if Treasurer Goldberg herself had already approached Shannon O’Brien to apply for the position?
When was Shannon O’Brien’s application to be CCC Chair formally submitted?
While any appointment process in Massachusetts is bound to be opaque – this is a state wherein the legislature exempts itself from the open meeting law after all – these are unprecedented questions that call into question the sacred foundations of our shared public sphere.
If the appointment process for the position of CCC Chair was anything but equitable and fair, demands rightfully imposed on the regulated cannabis industry in the Commonwealth, it must be reopened and, with that, a new Chair selected.
By: Grant Smith Ellis
Sat. 1 October 2022 1:00PM ET
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