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Social Consumption Working Group

A member of the Town Council who has been at the forefront of helping to set the state’s adult-use marijuana policy will be part of a nine-member working group that will examine the future of on-site consumption of cannabis products at marijuana establishments.

Alisa Brewer, an at-large councilor Amherst, is one of four representatives from western Massachusetts who will serve on the Cannabis Control Commission’s social consumption working group.

In a statement of interest, Brewer wrote, “I believe Amherst is very interested in any pilot program implementing and regulating social consumption establishments.” She noted her experience in helping to craft both general and zoning bylaws enabling safe and deliberate adult use in a town where nearly two-thirds of residents are under the age of 25.

Brewer added that her “experiences have shown I will effectively and regularly communicate both goals and practices throughout the Town of Amherst organization, as well as to Western Massachusetts.”

The others joining her from the region are Springfield City Councilor Michael Fenton, North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard and Helen Caulton-Harris, commissioner of the Division of Health and Human Services based in Springfield.