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Social Equity in the Real World

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Social Equity
Jessica Gonzalez, Esq. |  Laury Lucien, Esq. |  Jason Ortiz |  Shaleen Title, Esq.
1 Hour 03 Minutes
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Access for 6 month(s) after purchase.


This panel will provide real life practical solutions to the question the cannabis industry faces: how do we level the playing field in a highly regulated, highly competitive industry? We will discuss how to practically implement social equity efforts beyond what states and municipalities have been offering and discuss recommendations for federal legalization. Can we provide meaningful support systems to assist applicants with capital, technical assistance, mentorship, and the technical training critical to the success of an applicant's business?

From evolving technology to setting up incubator programs to creating co-working facilities and training modules, this program will detail the challenges and successes with existing social equity initiatives, and provide solutions and practical steps that governments, services professionals, and business owners can take to level the playing field for communities most harmed by the prohibition of cannabis.



This program is eligible for 1 hours of General CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.2 hours of General CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. 

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Jessica Gonzalez, Esq.'s Profile

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Hiller, PC

Jessica currently serves as a Cannabis and Intellectual Property attorney at Bressler Amery & Ross, a multidisciplinary law firm with over 175 attorneys and offices in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Alabama and Washington, DC. Jessica also services as outside General Counsel for the national organization Minorities for Medical Marijuana and sits on the Policy Committee for the Minority Cannabis Business Association. Jessica also sits on the board of advisors for QA Canna, a quality assurance company based in NJ. Prior to joining Bressler, Jessica was the co-founding partner at MGA Law PC, a boutique business law firm with a special focus oncannabis.

As a cannabis attorney, Jessica Gonzalez assists cannabis clients navigate the legal cannabis and hemp industry in the tristate area. She has counseled start up and medium sized cannabis/CBD companies on various matters, including corporate entity set-up, state and local compliance, private offering documents and applications for state cannabis licenses. Jessica also counsels corporate and individual clients on intellectual property procurement, prosecution, protection and enforcement for domestic and international trademarks. As cannabis advocate, Jessica has presented on both the municipal and state level on topics such as social justice/social equity, IP protection, cannabis legislation, state and federal banking and state cannabis licensing. Most recently, Jessica was selected as a 2020 fellow for the New Jersey New Leaders Council, a national organization that selects civically engaged leaders in their respective industry.

Laury Lucien, Esq.'s Profile

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EvoLucien Cannabis

Laury is a marijuana attorney, professor, entrepreneur, and transformational speaker. Laury was born in Boston and raised in Petionville, Haiti. A bright student, Laury was a senior in high school by the age of 15. She moved to Massachusetts during her senior year of high school and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology from UMass Amherst and a Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Laury spent over a decade studying various martial arts disciplines, religious doctrines, and spiritual philosophies. She attributes much of her success to the personal development habits she cultivated through those disciplines, doctrines, and philosophies.


Laury wears many hats! She sits on the Cannabis Advisory Board for the Cannabis Control Commission, serving on the Market Participation subcommittee and Public Safety and Community Mitigation subcommittee. Laury is the Founder and Primary Educator of the Legally Great Academy, LLC. She created the Legally Great Academy to transform the world by elevating human consciousness through education, coaching, mentoring, and community. Laury is the founding member of a co-located marijuana retailer, marijuana product manufacturer, and marijuana delivery operator in Massachusetts. She is an adjunct professor at both Suffolk University Law School and Clark University where she teaches Cannabis Law. She is the host of the Laury Lucien Podcast, a podcast that intersects business and spirituality. She is a founding member and CEO of EvoLucien Cannabis, her family-owned cannabis brand. She is a co-founder of 67 Degrees Brewing, a craft brewery and taste room in Franklin, MA.


Laury is passionate about helping entrepreneurs navigate heavily-regulated industries. She helped over 15 people obtain their certifications for Economic Empowerment Priority status in Massachusetts. She provided training and technical support to participants in the Cannabis Control Commission’s Social Equity Program. In law school, she participated in the Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic where she represented clients in a wide range of business disputes and intellectual property matters. Laury believes that knowledge is liberating, so she consistently hosts events or sits on panels to provide information to those who would not otherwise access it. 

Jason Ortiz's Profile

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Executive Director

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)

Jason got his Bachelors degree in Public and Community Engagement from the University of Connecticut. He has been fighting to end the war on drugs since he first heard the words “School to prison pipeline”. He has worked on a number of progressive campaigns, both issue-based and electoral, with victories electing Strong Progressives to the School Board of Durham North Carolina, and changing drug policy law in CT. Currently, he is the President of the Minority Cannabis Business Assocaition.

Shaleen Title, Esq.'s Profile

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Parabola Center

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 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. Previously, she was a founding board member of 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 is frequently consulted by the media about marijuana policy; her interviews have been featured in outlets including PBS NewsHour, Politico, NPR, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The Guardian, and VICE News. Her op-eds and other written work have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Commonwealth Magazine, Marijuana Moment, and Boston Business Journal. 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.


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