Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker today named Kimberly Roy to the five-member Cannabis Control Commission responsible for regulating the adult-use and medical marijuana industry.
Roy presently works for Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department as the Director of External Affairs. She is in charge of the Department’s Face2Face substance usage prevention and education program, which collaborates with local school systems.
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According to statute, the governor’s appointment must have a background in public health, mental health, substance abuse, or toxicology. Roy has directed substance abuse prevention and education programming in hundreds of local schools, serving over 375,000 students as the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department’s Face2Face program director.
The curriculum acknowledges the impact of the addiction issue on the criminal justice system. It aims to educate pupils on the long-term consequences of drugs and alcohol. In addition, the initiative aims to prevent young people from abusing substances. Roy previously worked for Johnson & Johnson as a Hospital Representative.
Governor Baker explained that Kim Roy’s work in education and prevention programming helps kids “understand the effects of drug and alcohol addiction,” making her a perfect head of the Cannabis Control Commission.
Governor Baker also congratulated former Commissioner Jennifer Flanagan for her years of dedicated service to the Commission. He added that Kim will offer a commitment to public service that will enhance the Commission’s work, as the new commissioner has “a decade of service to the people of central Massachusetts” in a senior role in the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department.
Kimberly Roy commented that she is humbled and honored by the governor’s nomination. She also noted that she appreciates the chance “to serve the people of the Commonwealth” with this new capacity as delegate of the Cannabis Control Commission.
Additionally, Kimberly Roy says she looks forward to contributing to the Commission’s work by offering her ideas and experience from working in prevention programming and substance-use education for children.
“I’m also appreciative to Sheriff Lew Evangelidis and the whole Worcester County Sheriff’s Department team for allowing me to serve the citizens of Worcester County for the past decade,” said Roy.
In November 2016, voters approved a ballot initiative to create the Cannabis Control Commission, which consists of one appointee each from the Governor, Treasurer, and Attorney General, and two members chosen by a majority of those three constitutional officers.