Springfield, MA – Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services (HHS) Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris announced today the appointment of Neev Blume as Cannabis Compliance Program Coordinator. The Cannabis Compliance Program Coordinator will oversee the regulatory compliance of applicable state and local laws across cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and delivery operations. Blume will perform routine inspections at city marijuana establishments and serve as a liaison to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.
Mayor Sarno stated, “I want to welcome Neev Blume to his new role as Cannabis Compliance Program Coordinator. Mr. Blume is a bright and talented young man who has an impressive combination of experience and education that will serve the City, our residents and the business community well. His previous work as a Compliance Officer with the state Cannabis Control Commission is impressive and his knowledge of this new industry in our Commonwealth will greatly benefit the City of Springfield’s efforts in making sure that our local marijuana establishments are in compliance and using best practices.”
HHS Commissioner Caulton-Harris states, “The Department of Health and Human Services is committed to overseeing our local regulatory compliance of all applicable state and local laws and ordinances in this new growing marijuana sector. Mr. Blume’s previous work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health overseeing the certification of over 30 new marijuana treatment centers across the state will be beneficial to our local efforts. I am looking forward to working with Neev as we continue to move the City of Springfield’s cannabis sector forward for the good of all our residents and businesses.”
Mr. Blume stated, “I’m thrilled to have been selected to this important role at the City of Springfield. I intend to apply my background in agriculture and experience in public health to help ensure that stakeholders across the industry are compliant and to safeguard the best interests of the residents of Springfield.”
Blume formerly served as a Compliance Officer with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program, now known as the Cannabis Control Commission), where he regularly coordinated with representatives from the Environmental Toxicology Program within the Bureau of Environmental Health to ensure that marijuana, and the derivatives thereof, adhered to all testing standards.
Blume holds a Master of Science in Agriculture with a specialization in Plant Sciences from the University of Copenhagen and Bachelor of Science degree in Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.