For Commissioner Britte McBride of the state Cannabis Control Commission, the vaping crisis became a “fairly significant watershed moment” that reinforced the need for multiple state agencies to collaborate on an effort to target the illicit marijuana market and the ability to address a public health crisis.
“I think the vape crisis really drove home the need for there to be an ability to respond in perhaps a broader way and provide a mechanism to collaborate with other agencies in ensuring that the public is kept safe,” McBride said in an interview.
One option, as recommended in a recent report by the CCC and the state Attorney Genera’s office, is establishing a multi-agency illicit marijuana task force. That task force would coordinate efforts between state agencies like the CCC, Massachusetts State Police, Department of Public Health, Department of Revenue and others. [Read more at MassLive]