Interim Cannabis Control Commission Chair Sarah Kim said she does not plan to seek the position full-time as the group looks to fill out a leadership post following the departure of former Chairman Steven Hoffman.
Hoffman stepped down as chairman effective April 25, and since then, Kim has taken over as a permanent replacement is sought. Hoffman left the commission months before his term was slated to expire, and now state Treasurer Deb Goldberg is tasked with finding a new chair.
When asked if she was considering running for the position full-time, Kim responded “no.”
A spokesperson for Goldberg’s office said the commission started accepting applications for Cannabis Control Commission chair last week. The person must have experience in corporate management, finance, or securities to serve as chair.
Hoffman earned $ 170,405 annually from 2019 to 2021, according to state payroll records.
In a statement announcing Kim’s appointment as interim chair, Goldberg said her office would “strongly support” her in the new role. Kim served as deputy treasurer and general counsel for the Office of the Massachusetts State Treasurer and Receiver.
“Sarah has extensive leadership experience and knowledge about the standards, goals, and operations of the Commission, as well as perspective on necessary steps as we progress in the implementation of good policies in Massachusetts,” Goldberg said in a statement earlier this week.
Kim said she plans to “immerse” herself in upcoming meetings and materials to make well-informed votes.
“With respect to my plans for this role, I’m also kind of relatedly still getting to know the agency and the big issues that it is grappling with or planning on for the next couple of months, and getting a sense from the staff and the commissioners, how I can best be of help to them in order to carry out what their goals are, ”Kim said.
The chairperson shuffle also means that all five inaugural commissioners have filtered out of the group. After a Thursday commission meeting, Commissioner Bruce Stebbins said the commission now finds itself at a unique point in time.
“The industry continues to grow, there will be new challenges and new questions for us to address,” Stebbins said. “I’m looking forward to the work ahead but certainly acknowledge the great work that our predecessors in the team at the CCC did in really building a strong foundation.”
Commissioner Nurys Camargo said the focus “remains to move the agency forward, to make sure that we’re creating a safe and equitable environment.”
“I’m excited for the possibilities,” Camargo said.
In a statement last weekming Hoffman’s departure, a commission spokesperson said Hoffman’s contributions over the past four and half years were “integral to the growth and maturation of the commission and the legal cannabis industry in Massachusetts.”.
“The agency thanks the chair for his commitment to ensuring a safe, effective, and accessible marketplace in our state,” the statement said.