The Capitol Record

Massachusetts firm chosen as state’s first marijuana consultant

An out-of-state firm called Botec Analysis has won the state’s marijuana consultant contract, the Washington’s Liquor Control Board announced Tuesday.

The Massachusetts-based firm will provide technical expertise as the Liquor Control Board implements Initiative 502, the measure passed by voters in November which legalizes, taxes and regulates marijuana.

More than 100 groups and individuals indicated interest in the consulting role. Botec has a history of working with government agencies on drug policy issues. The firm is led by Mark Kleiman, a public policy professor at UCLA and author of ‘‘Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.’’

“This team’s lead members and subcontractors are among the world’s leading experts on marijuana and drug policy,” Board Chair Sharon Foster said in a news release.

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