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Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission To Almost Double Full Time Staffers

The commission’s budget in the previous fiscal year was $5 million

The full-time staff of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will increase to over 40 from the previous 26 thanks to $4.4 million in personnel spending in the new state budget, a spokeswoman said.

In total, the commission’s budget for fiscal 2019 is $7,987,870. The fiscal year began July 1.

The commission’s budget in the previous fiscal year was $5 million.

Funding for the commission is included in the new $41.88 billion budget that Massachusetts Senate and House negotiators forged for the current fiscal year. The budget is awaiting Gov. Charlie Baker’s approval.

Here’s a break down of the commission’s budget, according to figures the spokeswoman provided:

  • $4.4 million for personnel costs, as the commission plans to fill out a full-time staff of 40-plus employees. The staff total includes the five, full-time commissioners.
  • $2 million for offices, operations and programs.
  • $1.2 million for information technology, which includes the commission’s licensing system and funding for the seed-to-sale marijuana plant tracking system.
  • $300,000 for community outreach programs that are required by law to help the commission meet its goals of including communities disproportionately harmed by marijuana arrests and incarceration and engagement with minorities, women, veterans and farmers.

The figure for personnel costs translates to an average salary of $110,000.

 

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