Webinar Recap: Be Part of the Change – How to Influence Cannabis Reform and Why it Matters

The majority of Americans now live in a state that has legalized cannabis, and whispers of rescheduling at the federal level have been swirling. But what does this mean for the cannabis community and how can you drive the narrative? Join us for this timely webinar in the lead up to the Last Prisoner Project’s 420 Unity Day of Action as we take a closer look at full legalization and the need for retroactive cannabis justice. Morem & Waller brings together Shaleen Title and Laury Lucien of the Parabola Center For Law and Policy in a conversation around the current state of cannabis reform, ways to engage, and why it matters. Moderated by Rachelle Gordon, editor of GreenState.

Meet our Presenters

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.” In 2021, she co-founded the drug policy think tank Parabola Center, which creates model 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 of the Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition.

Laury Lucien is the Founder and Primary Educator of the Legally Great Academy, a consulting and education company that helps entrepreneurs navigate the startup process through education, coaching, and mentorship. Laury was appointed by the State Treasurer to the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board, where she serves as Chair of the Public Safety and Community Mitigation subcommittee and serves on the Market Participation subcommittee. Laury is the founding member of a co-located marijuana retailer, marijuana product manufacturer, and marijuana delivery operator in Massachusetts. She is a founder of Albert Einstone’s Cannabis Co., a marijuana product manufacturer in California. She is an adjunct professor at both Suffolk University Law School and Clark University where she teaches Cannabis Law. She is a board member of Equal Opportunities Now, a non-profit working to create an equitable marijuana industry. She is the host of the Legally Great Podcast, a podcast that intersects business and spirituality. She is a Founder of 67 Degrees Brewing, a craft brewery and taste room in Franklin, MA.

Rachelle Gordon is a cannabis journalist and editor of GreenState.com. She has become a critical voice in the emerging industry, traversing North America for the last seven years, covering the space as it developed. Rachelle has been featured in High Times, CannabisNow, MG Magazine, Skunk Magazine, Beard Bros, and many other industry publications.

What is the 420 Unity Day of Action?

Leading Cannabis Justice Advocates Plan 420 Unity Day of Action on 4/18

“We’re in a new era in the fight to change our drug laws, and it starts with freeing the people who are locked up for cannabis.” Said Shaleen Title, Founder of the Parabola Law and Policy Center. “For us, this day of action is a demonstration that we will continue together to pay attention to the details, change laws, and hold those in power accountable — and won’t cede our hard-earned power to corporations and lobbyists.”

Shaleen Title, Parabola Law and Policy

Washington D.C., January 18th – Although 24 states and D.C. have legalized adult-use cannabis sales and the vast majority of the U.S. population now lives in states with some form of legal cannabis, tens of thousands of people remain in state and federal prison. It is imperative that as the federal government seeks to downgrade cannabis’s status from a Schedule I drug, advocates are pushing for the full legalization of cannabis, complete with effective strategies for retroactive relief. 

On April 18th, 2024, Last Prisoner Project (LPP) will be mobilizing the largest bi-partisan coalition of cannabis advocacy, industry, and grassroots organizations in the U.S. to convene in Washington D.C. for a 420 Unity Day of Action to put public pressure on Congress and the President to take action on the full descheduling of cannabis and the necessary retroactive relief measures.