Let’s see, put a hack political appointee and a pot trade govt on the helm of the state company that’s supposed to manage the $3 billion weed trade – what might probably go mistaken?
State Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s extremely dangerous resolution to place former state Treasurer Shannon O’Brien on the helm of the Cannabis Control Commission has not surprisingly come again to chunk her as O’Brien is now out only a 12 months into her tenure.
In a shameless and cowardly transfer, Goldberg leaked the information of O’Brien’s shock suspension in a Friday information dump whereas the state was in a hurricane state of emergency – refusing to face the music for her ill-fated transfer.
O’Brien’s ouster – which sounds everlasting and ominous – indicators new turmoil forward for the CCC and the already reeling hashish trade. The CCC has now misplaced all credibility and Goldberg has misplaced management.
Goldberg would give no particulars concerning the purpose for O’Brien’s paid suspension, declining to deal with the explanations behind the choice or how lengthy the suspension can be in impact. She wouldn’t reveal whether or not the intention was to take away O’Brien completely however the resolution doesn’t portend effectively for the previous Treasurer and failed Democratic gubernatorial nominee.
“During your suspension, you may not return to any of the Commission’s offices or conduct any work on behalf of the Commission,” the letter from Goldberg’s workplace despatched to O’Brien mentioned. “You will need to return all Commission property, including laptop, cell phone, keys, ID badge, and any Commission documents or files that you may have in your possession, as soon as possible.”
Sounds like an awesome gig. Continue to pocket your $182,000 annual wage and be barred from really working.
Under state legislation, Goldberg is allowed to take away a commissioner if she or he is “guilty of malfeasance in office; substantially neglects the duties of commissioner; is unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office; commits gross misconduct; or is convicted of a felony.”
In an announcement, O’Brien mentioned she was introduced in as a result of the CCC was “riddled with internal discord, lack of accountability and infighting.” But she declined to say why she was suspended.
Goldberg owes the general public and O’Brien the true causes for her suspension and should clarify her transfer finally to the governor and lawmakers who created the CCC.
The suspension comes simply weeks after O’Brien blew up in public at a CCC assembly, declaring the company in “crisis” as a result of its chief govt was leaving – which turned out to not be true.
O’Brien later needed to apologize for the outburst.
Goldberg picked O’Brien to chair the Commission a 12 months in the past even supposing the Herald reported O’Brien held an possession stake in a hashish rising firm that had an software earlier than the CCC. O’Brien left the corporate earlier than her appointment, in line with officers.
But it was not a very good begin for the chair. O’Brien had in any other case no expertise in regulating or overseeing the marijuana trade – she was a pure political appointment from the Democratic treasurer.
O’Brien was a political commentator for a Boston TV station after being defeated for governor, and later led a lobbying agency.