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Michael J. Maccaro Recipient of the 2019 Cushing-Gavin Award

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Michael J. Maccaro has been selected as the 2019 Cushing-Gavin Management Attorney Award recipient. This prestigious award is presented to an attorney who exemplifies commitment to labor-management relations, professional competence, moral integrity and concern for the community. Attorney Maccaro is regarded as a leader amongst his peers. He showcases respect and courteousness in all of his professional interactions whether it be with arbitrators, mediators, or opposing counsel. Mr. Maccaro will be presented with his award at the 53rd Annual Cushing-Gavin awards dinner on December 6th in Boston.

Michael J. Maccaro’s practice is focused on the areas of labor and employment in the public and private sector, litigation, and employee benefits. Following law school, Mr. Maccaro served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court for two years. Prior to joining Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP, Mr. Maccaro served as Associate General Counsel for a large public sector labor union. He has litigated numerous matters, negotiated hundreds of contracts and has argued before various state courts, appellate courts, and administrative agencies throughout New England. Michael Maccaro is on the executive committee of LERA, and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts School of Law where he has taught legal writing and appellate advocacy. Mr. Macccaro is scheduled to educate attorneys in arbitration at the University of Rhode Island through the National Academy of Arbitrators as a direct result of his esteemed relationships with arbitrators.

Michael Maccaro joins a proud legacy of Partners at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane, LLP who have been selected as Cushing Gavin Award recipients. Arthur Murphy, Cushing Gavin Awardee (1989) stated, “I have admired his straight forward professionalism, advocacy, and understanding of the issues which enable him to deliver successful results for his clients.” Looking forward, we know we can expect more noteworthy achievements from the career of Attorney Maccaro as he continues to lead by example.

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MARIJUANA REFORM BILL BECOMES LAW

On August 12, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed S. 3096, “An act relative to equity in the cannabis industry,” (“Act”) into law. The Act reforms Massachusetts’s existing marijuana laws, particularly with respect to host community agreements (“HCAs”), community impact fees (“CIFs”), and social consumption sites (e.g. marijuana cafes). The Act empowers the Cannabis Control Commission (“Commission”), the state regulatory agency, to exert greater control over HCAs and their CIFs. Municipalities levy CIFs on cannabis businesses to account for the costs they impose on the municipality as a result of their operations. Additionally, the Act allows municipalities to permit on-premises social consumption of marijuana at designated sites. Other notable provisions of the Act include the new Social Equity Trust Fund (“Trust Fund”), changes to the tax law regarding cannabis businesses, and various provisions concerning those persons and communities most impacted by the prior illegality of marijuana usage and sale. Governor Baker vetoed only one section of the final bill: the provision calling on the state to conduct a study of medical marijuana usage in schools.

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