Shaleen Title is an Indian-American attorney and longtime drug policy activist who has been writing, passing, and implementing equitable cannabis laws for over 20 years. She is a former top regulator for the state of Massachusetts, where she served as commissioner of the Cannabis Control Commission from 2017 to 2020. She is the author of “Fair and Square: How to Effectively Incorporate Social Equity Into Cannabis Laws and Regulations” and “Bigger is Not Better: Preventing Monopolies in the National Cannabis Market.”
Currently, her primary focus is running the nonprofit think tank Parabola Center, which pushes for cannabis policies to protect people rather than corporate profits. Since 2021, she has also served as Distinguished Cannabis Policy Practitioner in Residence at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center. She is a founding member and current vice-chair of the Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition.
Shaleen is a frequent keynote speaker and consultant on cannabis policy and has testified before governmental bodies around the world about fair and equitable marijuana laws. In 2021, she was an honoree on the Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. Described as “the people’s weed watchdog” in Boston Magazine’s 2019 Power List, she has been widely recognized for her focus on racial justice and her efforts to make the cannabis industry more inclusive. She is a recipient of both Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s and New England Cannabis Community’s lifetime achievement awards.
She serves as an advisor to Supernova Women, a nonprofit creating a space for women of color in cannabis, and the THC Staffing Group mentorship program. She is also a board member of Trella Technologies and a national advisory board member of Rank the Vote. Previously, she was a founding board member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association, where she led the creation of the first state-level model legislation created to guide states in the process of reinvestment and reconciliation.
Shaleen’s op-eds and other written work have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Marijuana Moment. She is often consulted by the media about marijuana policy; her interviews have been featured in outlets including The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, PBS NewsHour, Vox, and VICE News. She is an alumna of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a public magnet school with an emphasis on developing problem-solvers, and holds a business degree, law degree, and graduate degree in accounting from the University of Illinois. She was previously a consultant for Deloitte.
Selected Honors and Awards
- 2022: Cannabis Now Magazine Inaugural 40 Under 40 Honoree
- 2022: Equitable Opportunities Now 2022 EON Equity Champion
- 2022: Big Hope Project Cambridge Equity Celebration Keynote Speaker
- 2022: MJBizDaily "Who's Who in Federal Marijuana Reform and Legalization"
- 2021: Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree
- 2021: Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives Citations in recognition of over three years of dedicated and outstanding service to the Commonwealth
- 2021: WBJ Business of Cannabis Keynote Speaker
- 2021: Green Market Report's 2021 Most Notable Cannabis AAPI Leaders
- 2021: New York "Legacy to Legal" Keynote Speaker
- 2020: New England Cannabis Community Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2019: Boston Magazine Power List 2019: The Powers That Will Be
- 2019: Worcester Business Journal 2019 Power 50
- 2018: Boston Business Journal 50 Most Powerful
- 2020: Inaugural Women in Cannabis Summit Keynote Speaker
- 2020: Civilized Life's 24 of the Most Influential Women in Cannabis
- 2019: New England Cannabis Community Champion in Diversity and Inclusion
- 2018: Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Cannabis Symposium Keynote Speaker
- 2020: CannabisReports Top 10 Women in Cannabis
- 2019: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting Presenter
- 2019: Twenty Women Set to Dominate the International Cannabis Space, Benzinga
- 2019: The Young Jurks Best Cannabis Guest Award
- 2018: Nine Women to Watch in Cannabis, BostInno
- 2017: Students for Sensible Drug Policy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Drug Policy
- 2017: Roxbury Epicenter Community Woman Crush Wednesday
- 2017: Six Women Shaping the Cannabis Industry, Rolling Stone
- 2017: United Nations Power of Collaboration Global Summit Panelist
- 2016: Woman Uninterrupted, Women's Health Magazine
- 2016: Students for Sensible Drug Policy Outstanding Alumnus in Service to Drug Policy Reform Award (2nd time)
- 2012: High Times Freedom Fighter Award
- 2012: Students for Sensible Drug Policy Outstanding Alumnus in Service of Drug Policy Reform Award
- 2011: Commendation Award, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
- 2012: Hunter S. Thompson Young Attorney Award
- 2005-2008: University of Illinois College of Law Scholarship Recipient
- 2005: University of Illinois College of Business Scholarship Recipient