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2019 Power 50: Shaleen Title

Shaleen Title Commissioner Cannabis Control Commission, Boston Residence: Malden College: University of Illinois
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Title has quickly become one of the most recognizable figures in the Massachusetts cannabis industry. The former attorney-turned-government official helped write the 2016 ballot question that ultimately legalized the possession and sale of recreational marijuana. She has been the main advocate for some of the most progressive marijuana laws in the country, including the first state-mandated programs to help and encourage minorities and small businesses to get into the $1-billion industry.

Title has taken leading positions on social equity and has pushed back on municipalities demanding extravagant community payments from marijuana businesses. She founded a women-led recruiting firm and was a founding board member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association. As Worcester County has the most marijuana business applications and the CCC moves its headquarters to Worcester this summer, Title will become an even bigger figure in Central Mass.

Where is Central Mass. headed? At the rate we’re going, Central Massachusetts may become the cannabis capital of the East Coast! I hope it will be filled with all kinds of local and diverse businesses.

Hindi cinema: Even though I’m from Chicago, I grew up watching Bollywood movies and didn’t see an American movie until I was in high school.

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