Steven Hoffman, a veteran corporate executive who opposed the legalization of marijuana, was named Thursday as chair of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, a new agency charged with ushering in an era of legal pot commerce.
The appointment, by state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, makes Hoffman, a 63-year-old Lincoln resident who once worked at the powerhouse consulting firm Bain & Co., the state’s top marijuana regulator. He will hire the commission’s executive director and other staff and oversee the drafting of rules governing marijuana cultivators, processors, and medical and recreational dispensaries.
Hoffman has no experience with the cannabis industry, and Goldberg’s office said he voted against Question 4, the ballot initiative approved by voters last year that legalized the sale and possession of marijuana. That makes him the second commissioner at the nascent agency who opposed legalizing the drug, following Governor Charlie Baker’s appointment in August of state Senator Jen Flanagan, who campaigned against Question 4.
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