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Lynnfield attorney named to cannabis committee

LYNNFIELD — Britte McBride, a Lynnfield resident who served as legal counsel for the state’s department of public safety and as an assistant attorney general, has been named to the five-member Cannabis Control Commission.

McBride was Attorney General Maura Healey’s selection to serve on the commission. The state agency will oversee recreational and medical marijuana in the state, including the licensing of marijuana retail shops.

“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 press release. “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 is a graduate of Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School. In addition to working for the department of public safety and the attorney general’s office, she was also deputy counsel to the state senate, providing legal advice to all 40 state senators and their staff.

“I appreciate Attorney General Healey’s confidence,” said McBride. “It is important that we do this right. 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.”

Steven Hoffman, a former business executive, will chair the board. The other three members are Jennifer Flanagan, a former state senator; Kay Doyle, who was deputy counsel at the Department of Public Health and was legal counsel for the state’s medical marijuana program; and Shaleen Title, the co-founder of a cannabis recruiting firm who helped write the marijuana legalization referendum that was approved by voters in November.

Title was the only one of the five members of the new commission who voted for the legalization of recreational marijuana last year.

The new marijuana panel was assembled by Governor Charlie Baker, state Treasurer Deb Goldberg, and Healey.

Baker, Goldberg, and Healey all opposed the passage of the ballot initiative, but have said they will work to ensure the will of the voters on the issue.

“Executing the duties of the commission responsibly is vital to safely laying the groundwork for this new industry in (Massachusetts),” Baker said in a statement.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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