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WIRE: Ardent LLC founder joins Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board

BOSTON – Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced Friday that Ardent LLC founder and President Shanel Lindsay will be one of five members appointed to the newly-created Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board.

The Board, a key component of the marijuana legalization legislation signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker, will work alongside the also newly-created Cannabis Control Commission to oversee marijuana legalization and licensure for companies seeking to grow, process or sell marijuana products in Massachusetts.

“Massachusetts is going to get this right, and I’m proud to be a part of the leadership that will ensure fairness and collaboration in our cannabis industry,” said Shanel. “My goal is to make Massachusetts the gold standard around which other states model their own laws and licensure practices.”

The Cannabis Advisory Board will be comprised of 25 appointees that will make recommendations to, and consult with, the five-member Cannabis Control Commission. The remaining twenty members of the Advisory Board and the five members of the Cannabis Control Commission will be announced by August 1.

About Shanel Lindsay:
Highly regarded in Massachusetts as an activist, educator, attorney and business owner, Shanel Lindsay is the inventor of the Ardent NOVA™ Decarboxylator, a laboratory-grade tool for cannabis patients. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Northeastern University School of Law, and served as a judicial law clerk for the Massachusetts Superior Court; a civil litigator with law firm Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak and Cohen; and Employment Counsel and Director of Human Resources for the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. To learn more about Shanel and Ardent, visit

Contact: Beth Waterfall
T: 508-221-8412

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