Treasurer Deborah Goldberg has suspended the state’s high hashish boss, an workplace spokesperson has confirmed to the Herald.
Shannon O’Brien, the $181,722 chairwoman of the Cannabis Control Commission, was suspended on Thursday, in line with Andrew Napolitano, director of communication for the Office of the Massachusetts State Treasurer.
Napolitano didn’t present some other data apart from affirmation that O’Brien has been suspended.
“We cannot comment on a personnel matter,” Napolitano mentioned.
The suspension comes simply over a month after O’Brien apologized for an outburst, saying she was too blunt in saying the state’s authorized weed rollout was in a “crisis.”
The Bay State hit a brand new one-month excessive in authorized weed gross sales — $136 million in July.
O’Brien, the previous state treasurer, oversees a fee which regulates the $3 billion hashish business.
She stunned the fee through the center of a regulator dialogue in July when she introduced Executive Director Shawn Collins was planning to depart the company he has run since its inception. Collins has been on household go away, in line with the Boston Business Journal.
Goldberg tapped O’Brien to chair the fee final September, and she or he shortly got here beneath scrutiny for being concerned in a pair of purposes for hashish cultivation, in line with paperwork the Herald had beforehand reviewed.
O’Brien was listed on an utility filed in 2020 by Greenfield Greenery LLC, as an “Owner/Partner” in a proposal to open an outside rising operation occupying upwards of 100,000 sq. toes.
A second utility, by Charlemont FarmWorks LLC, listed O’Brien beneath a piece titled “Our Team” as an adviser, noting her function as the previous state treasurer and as a former state senator. She additionally ran for governor in 2002, shedding to Mitt Romney.