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Charles Desmond Received MLK Living Legacy Award from UMass Boston

 

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane advisory board member, Charles Desmond was presented with the MLK Living Legacy Award during the Salute to Those Who Served event. The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences, Salute to Those Who Served celebrated Black History Month and the value of serving one’s country, both soldier and civilian along with the NAACP chapter of the University of Massachusetts Boston.

This inaugural award was created to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King and his pursuit of social justice and racial equality. Dr. Desmond’s commitment to educational opportunity has helped numerous people of color in the city of Boston. As stated by the UMass Boston NAACP president, Kamiya Parkin, “Charles is a man of color, a man who has not forgotten his community and realizes the importance of continuing the work that generations before have started.”

Charles Desmond is on the Advisory Board of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, receiving both Silver and Bronze stars. He visits Selma, Alabama annually to honor the Civil Rights Movement past and present during the re-enactment of the Bloody Sunday march.

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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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