Judge Puts the Kibosh on Suspended Mass Canna Commission Chair’s Hype Session

Judge Puts the Kibosh on Suspended Mass Canna Commission Chair’s Hype Session

Yo, peeps! Listen up, ’cause I got some fresh news for y’all. So, check it: in September, this lady named Deborah Goldberg, who be the treasurer of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, straight-up suspended this other lady named Shannon O’Brien from her position as chairwoman. And get this, it was only a year after she got chosen for the gig. Now, you might be wonderin’ why O’Brien got the boot. Well, until now, there wasn’t much info about it.

But wait for it! Last week, some court papers were filed and they spilled all the tea. Turns out, Goldberg wrote a letter to O’Brien back in October accusing her of makin’ “racially, ethnically and culturally insensitive statements.” Damn, that’s messed up!

Now, O’Brien was supposed to go to a hearing on Tuesday that could’ve led to her gettin’ fired. But guess what? The judge decided to postpone that shindig ’cause O’Brien’s crew said they weren’t prepared and had some issues with how things were goin’ down. Smart move, if you ask me.

So now, Goldberg can’t hold the meeting until the court has a hearing on O’Brien’s motion for a preliminary injunction. Basically, they gotta figure out how to handle this situation in a fair way. And let me tell ya, it’s about time someone stepped in ’cause things are gettin’ real chaotic at the Cannabis Control Commission.

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O’Brien ain’t takin’ this suspension lightly, though. She came out with a statement sayin’, “The ruling by the court today is the first step in getting my good reputation back after ten weeks of being smeared by the actions of Treasurer Goldberg.” She goes on to say that Goldberg wanted to have a private meetin’ where she could be judge, jury, and executioner. That ain’t right, man. O’Brien was supposed to clean up the mess at the CCC, not make it worse!

Goldberg’s spokesperson, this dude named Andrew Naplitano, said they respect the court’s decision and are ready to hear O’Brien out. But honestly, I ain’t holdin’ my breath ’cause these politics peeps always say one thing and do another.

Now, let’s talk about these allegations that came out last Friday. Goldberg claims that O’Brien straight-up called an Asian person “yellow.” Yo, that’s just racist. But it don’t stop there. She also yelled at her assistant and dissed a former executive director while he was on paternity leave. That’s some messed up behavior right there.

But it gets even juicier! Other peeps at the CCC started makin’ allegations against O’Brien too. They said she was creatin’ a hostile work environment and actin’ all crazy. So, investigators were brought in to look into all this drama. And what does O’Brien have to say about it? She says none of it is true and she just didn’t know how to say the right things sometimes. Uh, yeah, that’s not gonna fly, girl.

O’Brien used to be the state treasurer and even ran for governor as a Democrat. She’s claimin’ that this whole suspension is unfair and wants a proper hearing. And you know what? She’s got a point. The state treasurer shouldn’t be makin’ these decisions on her own. And let’s not forget, O’Brien’s career is on the line here.

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Her lawyer even said that if she gets fired, she’ll be remembered as the former treasurer who got canned for makin’ racist remarks. That ain’t a good look, yo. So, they’re askin’ for a delayed hearing and a restraining order to stop this madness.

But guess what? The judge ain’t playin’ around. She heard all the arguments on Monday and wasn’t havin’ it. She basically told O’Brien and her team that they wanted all the details of the allegations to be public, so they can’t be complainin’ about a private hearing now.

The treasurer’s office is holdin’ strong, though. They say they wanna give O’Brien a chance to address these allegations ASAP, ’cause taxpayers are payin’ her salary while she’s on suspension. But let’s be real, this is just their way of tryin’ to save face.

The judge ain’t buyin’ it, though. She said O’Brien would still be gettin’ paid even if the hearing happened on Tuesday, and it’s more important to have a fair process than rush into a decision.

So, there you have it folks. The drama at the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is far from over. We’ll just have to wait and see how this all plays out. But one thing’s for sure: things are gettin’ real messy up in here. Stay tuned for more updates, fam!

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Peace out,


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