A Crash Course Presenting A “New Vision For Federal Legalization”

Photo of Parabola Center speakers from January event at Roxbury Community College via Parabola Center

Parabola Center marks official launch with workshop, celebration

The Parabola Center for Law and Policy has already been busy in its first few months of advocating for small and independent cannabis companies.

At the end of last year, the nonprofit think tank announced partnerships with 50 businesses and organizations—that cross the spectrum from plant-touching to ancillary operations—whose voices and ideas will guide their mission to “push for stronger social equity policies and greater market access for small businesses within cannabis.”

And earlier this month, they published a guide to help smother national cannabis monopolies before they metastasize.

“There needs to be a unified voice that is free of corporate influence or funding,” Shaleen Title, CEO of the Parabola Center and a longtime advocate who served as a commissioner of the Cannabis Control Commission from 2017 to 2020, told Talking Joints Memo. “The best way to push for a model of federal legalization that protects small cannabis businesses is to listen to the thousands of them who already exist.”

And they still haven’t even officially launched. That will happen on June 10 with a kickoff event that’s a “half-day crash course presenting a new vision for federal legalization.” As part of the workshop, they will be joined by regulators from Massachusetts, New York, and Washington DC, and Parabola will also announce its next 50 partners.

The night before, on June 9, the center will also host a party at the Pellas Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston with special guest Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s fame (who also just launched a pretty remarkable cannabis nonprofit project) and art by Timmy Sneaks.

We’ll speak with the organizers ahead of the festivities to see what attendees can expect regarding the policy discussion, but for now we thought you’d want to get the dates on your calendar.