• 11/1/2021: Why are state attorneys general still peddling the false old "tainted Halloween candy" myth? I talked to Forbes about it. Read more.
  • October 25, 2021: A special edition of the Boston Business Journal featured lighthearted interviews with all of the 2021 40 under 40 including our luckiest breaks, biggest career setbacks, and our theme songs. Honored to be included. Read more.
  • October 21, 2021: New evidence confirms what we all knew. The 2019 vape ban in Massachusetts should go down in history as one of the worst cannabis regulation mistakes ever made. I wrote an essay about it in Leafly. Read more.
  • October 20, 2021: I spoke to the Boston Herald about why this confrontation was symbolic of the plight of farmers and POC. Farmers were sidelined at an event that was literally named for them but they were not only excluded, but also had police called on them. Read more.
  • October 15, 2021: The Boston Business Journal took a look at the MA cannabis industry three years in based on conversations with me and several other experts. Read more.
  • September 26, 2021: I spoke with Politico about Parabola Center's position that Congress should avoid sudden chaos and instead authorize states to delay interstate commerce in a way that's related to racial+economic justice, while we all develop the competence to regulate a national market Read more.
  • September 22, 2021: I spoke to Forbes about local corruption in marijuana licensing in response to a Massachusetts mayor six-year federal prison sentence. Read more.
  • September 16, 2021: President Biden should pardon ALL people subject to enforcement for federal nonviolent marijuana offenses. I am glad to stand with Weldon Angelos, Killer Mike, Drake, Doug Berman, and many others in this call for unconditional cannabis clemency. Read more.
  • September 3, 2021: Parabola Center's comments on the U.S. Senate federal legalization bill focused on open and fair competition and preventing monopolies. You can read more about our proposals in Business Insider, Politico, Cannabis Wire, Marijuana Moment, Law360, and several other outlets. Read more.
  • August 19, 2021: NJ.com quoted me via Parabola Center's report in its cannabis equity explainer for New Jersey: "The process of opening interstate cannabis trade needs to be done thoughtfully and deliberately in order to prevent Big Tobacco and other profit-driven companies from dominating the market. To do that, we need to avoid opening the floodgates to interstate commerce all at once." Read more.
  • August 12, 2021: My SXSW panel proposal with the Last Prisoner Project ("How Legalization is Reforming Criminal Justice") is included in this Marijuana Moment roundup, where you can find a link if you want to vote for it. Read more.
  • July 14, 2021: Boston's independent media outlet, Dig Boston, included my statement on the new Senate legalization bill. Read more.
  • July 14, 2021: I enjoyed speaking with Portland, OR community radio about the new Senate bill and why we started the Parabola Center. Read more.
  • July 14, 2021: My comments about the new Senate bill to legalize marijuana were featured in the Marijuana Moment explainer. Read more.
  • July 2, 2021: It's shameful that Massachusetts remains the only state in New England that does not include PTSD as a designated medical condition that qualifies for medical cannabis. We need to support our veterans by changing that and I'll always testify in favor of compassion for them. Read more.
  • June 17, 2021: I spoke exclusively with Marijuana Moment about the Parabola Center and the urgency of people, not corporations, determining what national legalization will look like Read more.
  • June 16, 2021: Check out the Parabola Center, an experimental crowdfunded policy project for people not corporations, and support if you can! Read more.
  • June 6, 2021: I spoke to the Intercept about the promising new ways that states legalizing marijuana are building on each other's racial justice impact, including through worker-owned cooperatives. Read more.
  • June 1, 2021: We only have one chance to get this right. We should legalize marijuana possession now but take a slow, informed approach to interstate sales. I wrote an op-ed because people are not talking about this enough. Read more.
  • April 28, 2021: Now available: the recording and transcript of the first panel I put together in my position with The Ohio State University, featuring state experts from New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, discussing the most up-to-date lessons and developments on social equity. Moderated by Natalie Fertig of Politico. This is of course free and open to everyone. Read more.
  • May 15, 2021: My statement on the Jasiel Correia case in 22 News is that it may represent the most extreme type of abuse of host community approval, but it highlights the urgent need for the legislature to pass host community agreement reforms that prevent both broad abuse and the inequities rampant in the local approval process. The intent of cannabis legalization was to create equitable access to the industry and licensing process with consistent limits on fees. Whether it’s unjustified demands for a percentage of revenue or contractually obligated ‘voluntary donations’ in exchange for HCAs, it’s time to bring consistency, transparency, and equity to the local licensing process by passing Sen. Jehlen’s reform bill, S.72. Read more.
  • May 13, 2021: While I am typically not able to join these types of "Why should we legalize" events these days, I was delighted to join this one because I stand with the activists in Delaware NORML and Delaware Cannabis Action Network who are doing a great job fighting big corporate domination of their legal state industry. Read more.
  • May 12, 2021: After three years and a federal conviction, we are seeing more and more support for reforming the corrupt and often exploited local cannabis business approval process in Massachusetts. My testimony is on the blog page and covered here Read more.
  • April 29, 2021: It was an honor to keynote this event on transitioning the legacy market to the legal market in New York, along with Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes and my Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition co-founder Dasheeda Dawson Read more.
  • April 20, 2021: NowThis: Who is Big Weed? might be my favorite podcast I've ever been a guest on, definitely check it out wherever you listen to podcasts Read more.
  • April 8, 2021: I wrote this guest op-ed with Dr. Andy Tan as someone who has worked for cannabis legalization for 20 years, and I don't say it lightly: Until we have a plan to keep Big Tobacco out of the market, we're not ready for federal legalization. Read more.
  • April 30, 2021: The Village Voice covered the Social Equity 2.0 panel I coordinated in my role with The Ohio State University Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, featuring marijuana policy and equity experts from around the country Read more.
  • April 20, 2021: I spoke to XXL Magazine about concrete things rappers and other celebrities could do to help marijuana become more equitable -- excluding making themselves into a brand, which I'm skeptical of. Read more.
  • April 10, 2021: In this blog for the journal Tobacco Control, Dr. Andy Tan and I make the case for federal policymakers to prevent Big Tobacco from dominating legal cannabis and instead build on thoughtful corporate limits and public health restrictions in various legal states. Read more.
  • March 9, 2021: I spoke to Marijuana Moment about how I discourage Rhode Island (or any state) from following the Massachusetts model of making vague references to social equity funding "subject to appropriation." Instead, it should create a budget for the technical assistance and grants specified in the bill and ensure that those programs will be funded by cannabis tax revenue without requiring additional legislative action. Otherwise, it might end up like Massachusetts which has yet to spend any cannabis tax revenue on loans, grants, or direct reinvestment into disproportionately harmed communities five years and a billion dollars of revenue after passing legalization. Read more.
  • February 26, 2021: I stand with the elected officials, community leaders and affected people in Connecticut who support HB 6377. The governor's bill, SB 888, only pays lip service to equity. Read more.
  • February 23, 2021: Green Market Report quoted me about decriminalizing psychedelic drugs. Read more.
  • February 21, 2021: The Boston Herald quoted me about decriminalizing all drugs in Massachusetts. Read more.
  • February 19, 2021: Big news: a bill to decriminalize the possession of drugs has been filed in Massachusetts! I spoke to Marijuana Moment about what it means to see well-respected legislators centering the people most impacted by drug laws, racial justice, and public health instead of perpetuating the drug war. Read more.
  • February 25, 2021: I'm in a comic and it's so good! Read more.
  • February 12, 2021: I wrote a Letter to the Editor reminding Massachusetts leaders that Washington is watching, interested in what a federal reparative framework for cannabis will look like. Our local leaders will decide if Massachusetts is a role model or a cautionary tale. Read more.
  • February 9, 2021: LA Weekly asked about my biggest takeaway from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's meeting with stakeholders about federal cannabis legalization. Read more.
  • January 14, 2021: The Benjamin Dixon Show is my FAVORITE show! I was excited to join him for an interview. Read more.
  • January 24, 2021: I told Politico that in my opinion, Illinois is the model for how to responsibly reinvest tax revenue from cannabis into communities that have been harmed by drug prohibition. Read more.
  • January 22, 2021: I spoke with the Boston Globe about how we need a united front for federal legalization. Communities of color need to be prepared to walk away from the table if the proposed law isn’t specific about implementing the equity-related lessons we've learned at the state level. Read more.
  • January 25, 2021: Boston.com quoted my response to the Commonwealth Dispensary Association dropping its lawsuit seeking to invalidate the Commission's delivery regulations: I hope this marks the end of a certain pattern of behavior seeking to undermine equity and a fresh start. Read more.
  • December 29, 2020: I hope you enjoy this extensive "exit interview" about my time on the Commission, all the things I found ridiculous about government, and what I learned on the inside about how to fix them. Read more.
  • December 29, 2020: Boston's NPR/WBUR invited me on to Radio Boston to talk about my tenure on the commission, how close the state is to my vision of an equitable industry, and how to get there. Read more.
  • December 8, 2020: I spoke with Forbes about the lessons that Canada and other jurisdictions can learn by looking at state-level social equity efforts throughout the U.S., with our programs in Massachusetts being the bare minimum that should be included. Read more.
  • December 4, 2020: I spoke with Commonwealth Magazine about equity in the Massachusetts medical cannabis industry, which will be a crucial next step for the next commissioners. Read more.
  • December 1, 2020: It's been a long time coming -- delivery regulations are finalized! This is a solid summary from 7 News Boston with context from me. Read more.
  • December 1, 2020: The right to grow at home is a crucial part of any marijuana legalization framework. I spoke with Yahoo Finance about it. Read more.
  • December 1, 2020: I'm thrilled about our bold new equity-focused delivery regulations in Massachusetts, but state regulations are only 50% of the way. As I noted on Greater Boston, whether it becomes reality is completely up to cities and towns now. Read more.
  • December 1, 2020: I spoke with Arun Rath of All Things Considered about the next steps for home cannabis delivery. Read more.
  • November 10, 2020: I enjoyed being part of the reactions of women leaders across Boston: "For Shaleen Title, a member of the state's Cannabis Control Commission, the significance of Harris’s ascendance didn’t sink in until Harris and Joe Biden gave their acceptance speeches on Saturday evening. Neither had been Title’s top pick for the presidency and vice presidency. “I had been distracted by the threat of fascism. But it hit me when I caught a glimpse of Vice-President-Elect Harris’s choodiyan (Indian bangles) jingling while she made the stereotypical presidential hand gestures at the podium,” Title said. “She wore them for her mother, my mother, all the immigrant women who defied stereotypes and paved the way for us, and for all of the girls who will grow up picturing a Black and Indian woman when they picture a Vice President.” Read more.
  • October 27, 2020: "He Was Arrested for Weed at 13, and He’s Selling It Legally at 27." This Bloomberg Businessweek article about Elev8 Cannabis, Massachusetts' second Black-owned dispensary clearly lays out what this movement is trying to do, what's working, and what's holding it up. Read more.
  • October 10, 2020: I told Boston 25 News, "Consumers want delivery, and equity and economic empowerment businesses are ready to be a significant part of this market. We as a commission have taken it very seriously since day one to live up to this mandate to include disproportionately harmed people in the industry.” Read more.
  • September 17, 2020: I wrote an op-ed in the Boston Business Journal explaining why I am joining other cannabis regulators of color to support the MORE Act. Read more.
  • August 31, 2020: I am so grateful that with this change creating unprecedented exclusivity for social equity + economic empowerment businesses, Massachusetts might be back on track to be the first state with a functioning national model for equity. Read more.
  • August 31, 2020: There are big changes happening at the Commission! My term has ended, but no goodbyes yet, because I am staying on as a holdover. Read more.
  • July 17, 2020: I wrote an op-ed in the Boston Globe with Chairman Hoffman asking the Legislature to pass S. 2650 and establish a social equity loan fund for license applicants disproportionately harmed by previous marijuana prohibition. Read more.
  • July 23, 2020: I told WGBH why seeing the Massachusetts legislature seeking to dedicate cannabis tax revenue to police before communities of color is embarrassing. Read more.
  • June 19, 2020: I was quoted in MassLive about why I am seeking to add a requirement that all licensees have a code of ethics and whistleblower policy. Read more.
  • June 16, 2020: I was glad to sign on to this letter on behalf of Asian-American leaders in Massachusetts supporting the movement for black lives. Read more.
  • March 12, 2020: I really enjoyed this interview with Boston Magazine on the big occasion of the state's first Boston dispensary opening, economic empowerment business opening, and Black-owned business opening. Read more.
  • May 5, 2020: I talked to Marijuana Moment about why small cannabis businesses ineligible for federal relief and shut down by the state of Massachusetts should receive state aid. Read more.
  • November 22, 2019: Chairman Hoffman and I testified in front of the Department of Public Health to ask where people who became sick from vaping obtained the products they used. Read more.
  • November 20, 2019: Huge news! Boston's new local approval for cannabis businesses creates a national standard for equity. I was glad to praise it. Read more.
  • November 20, 2019: I spoke to CBS Boston about the vape ban and the ripe environment for local corruption in the cannabis industry. Read more.
  • October 29, 2019: A debate on Greater Boston with Jim Braude about the vaping ban. Read more.
  • September 25, 2019: I believe the vaping ban is dangerous and sends people to the illicit market, where the dangerous products are coming from. I spoke to WGBH about it. Read more.
  • August 13, 2019: I joined Jim Braude on Greater Boston to talk about the evolving laws affecting legal marijuana consumers in the workplace and on the road. Read more.
  • July 17, 2019: I hope it's helpful for prospective applicants to follow news stories about the Commission's decisions, including what does and doesn't qualify as making a positive impact. Read more.
  • May 28, 2019: I spoke with Radio Boston about the push for a more inclusive cannabis industry in Massachusetts. Read more.
  • May 24, 2019: It was an honor to be recognized by the Worcester Business Journal on its 2019 Power List. Read more.
  • May 8, 2019: I talked to Rolling Stone about how federal law makes starting a legal cannabis business difficult without a trust fund or rich friends. Read more.
  • April 25, 2019: The Boston Business Journal quoted me to explain why the first cannabis business license applicant was denied in Massachusetts. Read more.
  • April 2, 2019: Thanks, Leafly, for publishing my top ten equity must-haves in any state cannabis bill. Read more.
  • April 8, 2019: An explanation and context in the Boston Globe of the perfunctory legal analysis stating that the Commission can't re-open priority status. I disagree. Read more.
  • April 1, 2019: I did an extensive Q&A with Marijuana Moment's new writer Kaisha McMillan (who is a woman of color writing about cannabis -- we need more!) Read more.
  • April 23, 2019: Here's a cool look at some of Boston Magazine's "power list." An honor. Read more.
  • November 28, 2018: What a delight to speak with Jim Braude about the marijuana rollout and my views on the regulation of drugs. Read more.
  • October 4, 2018: I talked to the Boston Business Journal about why I refuse to vote yes for applicants who sign host community agreements that go beyond the law. Read more.
  • August 9, 2018: I was invited to be a keynote speaker at a conference I boycotted last year, and I wasn't having it. Thanks DigBoston for publishing my response. Read more.
  • August 10, 2018: Update with Forbes about the efforts toward equity for communities disproportionately harmed by the drug war Read more.
  • July 30, 2018: An interview with Boston.com on "the slow rollout" and what comes next Read more.
  • November 3, 2017: Five things to know about me, including my disastrous first attempt at lobbying Read more.
  • September 18, 2017: "Meet Massachusetts's Pro-Legalization Marijuana Regulator" (my first interview as a commissioner) Read more.
  • September 1, 2017: So, the governor, attorney general, and treasurer of Massachusetts appointed me to serve on the Cannabis Control Commission. Read more.
  • August 30, 2017: Rolling Stone named me one of Six Women Shaping the Cannabis Industry Read more.
  • July 31, 2017: I'm the featured guest on the Cannabis Economy podcast with Seth Adler this week. Read more.
  • July 24, 2017: Read an op-ed I wrote about the equity provisions in the new Massachusetts law and the push it took to get them included. Read more.
  • June 10, 2017: I spoke on the panel "Economic Opportunities for Women in Cannabis" at the Southeast Cannabis Conference and Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Read more.
  • June 29, 2017: Read an op-ed on the racial justice impact of the Massachusetts marijuana bills, co-authored by Rep. Ayanna Pressley, Shanel Lindsay, and me. Read more.
  • May 9, 2017: Read my top tips on salary negotiation and the details on THC Staffing Group's groundbreaking salary survey in Leafly. Read more.
  • April 12, 2017: I was interviewed for Epicenter Community's #WCW. Read more.
  • April 7, 2017: NBC interviewed me in its coverage of the first-ever Cannabis Career Fair organized in Boston by THC Staffing Group. Read more.
  • April 6, 2017: I was interviewed for a feature in Mass Appeal. Read more.
  • March 15, 2017: I was interviewed in Elevated Nation. Read more.
  • March 10, 2017: VICE interviewed me as a leader in crafting the Minority Cannabis Business Association model bill. Read more.
  • March 6, 2017: I had the great honor of speaking about medical cannabis at the Power of Collaboration Global Summit at the United Nations. Read more.
  • February 22, 2017: I spoke at the Envisioning the Cannabis Marketplace panel at Boston University. Read more.
  • January 10, 2017: I was interviewed about getting minorities into the cannabis industry on Boston's NPR news station, WBUR Boston. Read more.
  • December 21, 2016: I was interviewed in the New Republic about the growing movement to include people with marijuana convictions into the legal cannabis industry. Read more.
  • July 2, 2016: I spoke on the panel, "The Next Episode: Making Marijuana a Movement for Black and Brown People," at the National Lawyers Guild #Law4thePeople Convention in New York August 3-7.
  • June 27, 2016: Legal marijuana can still get you fired and criminal convictions can still prevent you from entering the industry. Read my quotes on the topic in Merry Jane. Read more.
  • June 20, 2016: You can read about my interview on Women's Health magazine's Uninterrupted podcast here or download it on iTunes. Read more.
  • June 5, 2016: I was the guest on Drug Truth Network's weekly radio show, Century of Lies. Read more.
  • May 20, 2016: Right around annual Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness day, I shared my story with Vice for an article about medical cannabis and pregnancy. Read more.
  • May 9, 2016: Read my comments in honor of Mother's Day for Cannabis Now Magazine on behalf of Moms United to End the Drug War. Read more.
  • May 5, 2016: I will be discussing careers in cannabis as the featured speaker at the Boston chapter of Women Grow's monthly leadership event tonight. Read more.
  • May 4, 2016: Keep an eye out for the forthcoming documentary film, Mary Janes: Women of Weed. I am one of the featured "Puffragettes." Read more.
  • April 25, 2016: I am hosting the Boston session of "Supernova Women," a groundbreaking group of women of color in cannabis who provide free seminars for communities of color related to medical cannabis, legalization, and prison reform. Read more.
  • March 18, 2016: Check out THC Staffing Group's top tips on inclusion, hiring and getting hired in my interview for Leafly. Read more.
  • February 9, 2016: Read my piece "Time for Reparations? How the Marijuana Industry is Excluding People of Color"
  • February 5, 2016: See me on the panel, "Inclusion is an Active Verb: Partnering with Diverse Communities" at the Women Grow Leadership Summit in Denver. Read more.
  • December 8, 2015: Guest article in Dig Boston called "One Bud: A Plea to Unite Legalization Factions" Read more.
  • November 25, 2015: You can see the video from my panel at the Drug Policy Alliance conference here. Read more.
  • October 1, 2015: I have accepted a seat on the Board of Trustees of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Read more.
  • September 23, 2015: I will be speaking on the panel, "Ensuring Inclusion, Repairing Damage: Diversity, Equity and the Marijuana Industry" at the Drug Policy Alliance conference in Washington, DC November 18-21. Read more.
  • September 2, 2015: The initiative submitted by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Massachusetts, which I co-drafted, has been certified for the November 2016 ballot. Read more.
  • August 26, 2015: Check out the cover story of Newsweek this week about women in the marijuana industry. Read more.
  • August 1, 2015: I will be speaking at the Cannabis Research and Patient Care Seminar in Sheffield, MA on August 29. Read more.
  • April 4, 2015: I was featured in Ladybud in an extensive interview about my life and career. Read more.
  • April 9, 2014: I was quoted about insurance coverage and medical marijuana in the personal finance publication Main Street. Read more.
  • March 27, 2014: An article covers my talk at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Read more.
  • March 13, 2014: I am the newest representative of Moms United to End the War on Drugs. Read more.
  • January 31, 2014: Click here to read “3 Reasons Marijuana Legalization in Colorado is Good for People of Color,” an op-ed co-authored by Neill Franklin and me in response to an article in theGrio. Read more.
  • January 15, 2014: My letter clarifying the effect of Colorado’s marijuana legalization law was published in the Washington Post. Read more.
  • January 13, 2014: The Boston Globe published my letter to the editor, “For marijuana, prohibition is the experiment that failed“. Read more.
  • December 1, 2013: A six-page interview and feature is published in Skunk magazine. Read more.
  • September 9, 2013: My advice for women interested in getting involved in drug policy advocacy published in Ladybud magazine. Read more.
  • August 13, 2013: An interview with me in the South Asian culture/lifestyle magazine The Aerogram about marijuana issues and Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s apology for misleading the public. Read more.
  • August 12, 2013: Marijuana Majority’s reaction to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech endorsing reforms to mandatory minimum sentences. Read more.
  • June 2, 2013: My past work in Illinois and 2012 work in Colorado mentioned in a dialogue about the new Illinois medical marijuana law. Read more.
  • March 4, 2013: Trailer released for the comedy documentary Grassroots featuring me and other activists on the Colorado Amendment 64 campaign. Read more.
  • January 17, 2013: Feature in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on medical marijuana lawyers including me Read more.
  • January 15, 2013: Advice Q&A about residency for medical marijuana patients with me in the Boston Phoenix. Read more.
  • December 1, 2012: An extensive interview with me in the Good Men Project. Read more.
  • November 28, 2012: Boston Globe article on Vicente Sederberg's services in Massachusetts. Read more.
  • November 27, 2012: Boston Business Journal article on Vicente Sederberg’s new office, directed by me Read more.
  • November 14, 2012: The Rachel Maddow Show features Amendment 64 campaign including some staffers, supporters, and me sign-waving on election day. Read more.
  • November 7, 2012: WE DID IT!!!! Read more.
  • October 1, 2012: I was consulted on the legitimacy of medical marijuana in an article on Al Jazeera. Read more.
  • October 1, 2012: I was quoted about Amendment 64 and the public safety in the Denver Post. Read more.
  • September 5, 2012: A parody video mocking President Obama’s Kal Penn ad for marijuana hypocrisy, written and produced by me, goes viral and is featured in several media outlets. It also inspires more than a thousand tweets sent to President Obama and Kal Penn,challenging them to “#earnmyvote”. Read more.
  • September 1, 2012: I was honored with the High Times Freedom Fighter award for September 2012. Read more.