Cannabis Control Commission

Cannabis Control Commission

The Cannabis Control Commission established by Chapter 55 of the Acts of 2017 has five commissioners consisting of one appointee each from the Governor, Treasurer and Attorney General, and two members agreed upon by the majority of those three constitutional officers. The commission is charged with regulating the adult use of marijuana industry in the Commonwealth.
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About Cannabis Control Commission

Our Mission

The mission of the Cannabis Control Commission is to honor the will of the voters of Massachusetts by safely, equitably and effectively implementing and administering the laws enabling access to medical and adult use marijuana in the Commonwealth.

The Commission will foster the creation of a safely regulated industry that will create entrepreneurial and employment opportunities and incremental tax revenues in and to communities across the state and which will be a best practice model for other states. The industry will be characterized by participation by small and larger participants and with full and robust participation by minorities, women and veterans. We will develop policies and procedures to encourage and enable full participation in the marijuana industry by people from communities that have previously been disproportionately harmed by marijuana prohibition and enforcement and positively impact those communities.

Our Operating Principles

The Commission promises to:

  • Conduct all of our processes openly and transparently
  • Engage in regular two – way communication with all concerned citizens, patients, health care providers and caregivers, partners and other constituencies

Build a world-class state agency by:

  • Committing to the highest level of constituent services using state of the art technology and multiple media;
  • Defining and publicly measure our performance versus metrics regarding timely execution, accessibility, impact on public health and safety,
    impact on disproportionately harmed communities and incremental tax revenue generation;
  • Becoming self-funding and generating a revenue surplus; and
  • Creating a great place to work.

Enhance and ensure public health and safety by:

  • Developing and enforcing effective regulations;
  • Developing and executing a program of continuing public education;
  • Conducting and contributing to research on marijuana related topics; and
  • Using surplus funds to help address issues in these areas.


Steven J. Hoffman

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