November 17, 2016 Annual Awards Night Dinner
Topic: Massachusetts Medical Marijuana - Public Safety & Security
Speaker: John Carmichael, Chief, Walpole, MA Police Dept
Thursday, November 17, 2016
5:30pm: Registration and Cocktail Reception
The Broad Institute Cambridge
415 Main St.
Cambridge, MA 02142
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Chief - Walpole Massachusetts Police Department
John Carmichael has been the Chief of the Walpole Massachusetts Police Department since July of 2015, and has served with the Department since 1996. Prior to that, he served with the Medfield Police Department for seven years and the United States Army Military Police. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy Class - 248, and holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Western New England College.
Chief Carmichael was a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Officer for many years and continues to educate youth about drug issues in classroom settings. He is also an essential component in educating the community through the efforts of the Walpole Coalition for Alcohol and Drug Awareness. In 2011, he received 10 weeks of instruction in Contemporary Drug Issues, which focused on Commanding Task Force Operations with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at Quantico VA. Chief Carmichael is currently a supervisor of the Norfolk County Police Anti-Crime Task Force (NORPAC).
For his Master’s Thesis, Chief Carmichael conducted a critical analysis of Marijuana Decriminalization in the United States. He is a member of the Norfolk County Prescription Drug Task Force overseen by District Attorney Michael Morrissey, and was a previous member of the Governors Opiate Drug Task Force.
Since 2012 Chief Carmichael has voiced concerns during the listening sessions for Medical Marijuana held by the Department of Public Health; worked with DPH during the development of the Medical Marijuana Regulations and was selected to be a member of the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Selection Committee for DPH by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA). He is currently the MCOPA Liaison to the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Program, the Governor’s Interagency Council on Substance Abuse & Mental Health, and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Committee (NDDC) where he continues to recognize and help implement sound responses to drug issues and policy in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and throughout the Country.
In January of 2016, Chief Carmichael visited Colorado and met with the Massachusetts Special Senate Marijuana Committee to discuss the public safety impact of marijuana legalization.