A Look Back at What C3RN Has Accomplished
In just three short years C3RN made a lasting impact on policy, education, and the cannabis industry as a whole. We're so grateful we had the opportunity to fight for social justice in the cannabis industry and will keep the fight alive in our future projects. The co-founders Dr. Marion McNabb and Randal MacCaffrie want to thank everyone who supported and helped us with our mission and vision along the way.
JANUARY | OUR INCEPTION
C3RN started in January 2017 with the intention of focusing on various areas of advocacy, including research, social justice, expungement, education, veteran's access, ending the opioid epidemic, and furthering the medical cannabis industry.
JANUARY - DECEMBER | MASSACHUSETTS LOCAL AND STATE ADVOCACY
In the first year of our work, we traveled around the state to advocate for cannabis social equity, research, and high-quality education. We testified during state and Cannabis Control Commission public hearings in Lawrence, Methuen, Newburyport, Harvard, Wendell, Holyoke, Boston; MA State House, Somerville, Worcester, and Martha's Vineyard. Read the policy papers submitted during testimony.
OCTOBER | BU STARTUP COMPETITION
C3RN wins the Boston University Questrom School of Business Ancillary Cannabis Business Startup Contest. We proposed to develop a virtual cannabis center of excellence to bring together academics, policy makers, researchers, industry, consumers and patients to drive change in cannabis access and reach.
Watch a part of the presentation!
This year we forged forward with our agenda of progressing cannabis science and education by launching our 2018 Cannabis Science, Education, and Networking Events. These events joined industry leaders and influencers with academics, consumers, and policymakers and had a strong focus on education.
JANUARY | STATE OF CANNABIS EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Will Luzier, MPP, Dr. Staci Gruber, McLean/Harvard, Nichole Snow, MPAA, Michael Khan, MCR Labs, Meghan Miller, Phylos Bioscience, Nadir Pearson, SMART, Sonia Erika, MRCC, Beth Waterfall, ELEVATE
Read the final event report
FEBRUARY | COMMUNITY FIRST IN CANNABIS
ROXBURY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Shanel Lindsay, Ardent, Commissioner Shaleen Title, MA CCC, Stephen Mandile, US Army Veteran, Kim Napoli, NETA, Ellen Brown, Sensimilla Seminars, TaShonda Vincent Lee, ELEVATE, Sonia Erika, MRCC, Special Guest DJ Logic
JUNE | OPEN CANNABIS CONSUMER STUDY
In June 2018 we launched our first nationwide survey: the Open Cannabis Consumer and Patient Study with UMass Dartmouth. The study aimed to enlighten the public and policymakers of the real needs and uses of cannabis.
WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE INDUSTRY EVENTS, COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED US ALONG THE WAY
Thank you to the following colleagues and partners
Expungement Week 2019 Event in Worcester, MA
SENSI Magazine and SENSI Events
Different Leaf Magazine
2018 NECANN Community Awards Winners:
Scientific Achievement for the 2018 Open Cannabis Consumer and Patient Study
VETERAN'S HEALTH AND MEDICAL CANNABIS STUDY
In 2019 we also joined forces with Stephen Mandile, Iraqi War Veteran and UMass Dartmouth and a variety of other business supporters to launch the Anonymous Veteran's Health and Medical Cannabis Study. This study aimed to enlighten policymakers to the benefits of cannabis use in battling conditions like PTSD and opioid addiction in the men and women who fought for the rights of our nation. The study data was used to advocate around our testimony to the joint committee for Bill H4274 which aimed to improve access to medical cannabis for veterans. A full manuscript is being prepared for peer-review submission.
Download the C3RN recommendations given to the joint committee.
CANNABIS ADVANCEMENT SERIES
The Cannabis Advancement Series was a series of events aimed at raising awareness for the Veteran's Health and Medical Cannabis Study. The collected data was presented at these events and used to drive the conversation around cannabis rights. Several key speakers included veterans, policy makers, academics, and clinicians.
CAS was a partnership with Stephen Mandile, C3RN, and Joint Venture and Co with Ann Brum.
Learn more about CAS here.
JUNE | MASS HEMP COALITION
In 2019 the Mass Hemp Coalition was formed. We joined forces with industry leaders to develop recommendations for MDAR to support local hemp farmers, we hosted a press conference on the MA State House Steps and supported the development of a community group. The Mass Hemp Coalition was formed by Healing Rose, NOSHA, and NOFA.
Learn more about the Mass Hemp Coalition here.
NOVEMBER | VAPE BAN ADVOCACY
In MONTH of 2019 there was a wave of lung injury and deaths related to vape cartridges being sold through the illicit market. In response, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker put a statewide blanket ban on all vape products. C3RN stepped in as advocates for medical cannabis patients and recreational users to argue for a repeal of the ban on regulated vape products and successfully argued our case. The vape ban was repealed in December 2019.
Read our recommendations to the Governor.
MA CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION SOCIAL EQUITY TRAINERS
In 2019 C3RN was named a Social Equity Training Vendor by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. C3RN personally taught nine courses for the Entrepreneur and Core Tracks:
- Intro to Cannabis as a Medicine -
- Intro to Cannabis Plant and the Legal Industry -
- Business Plan Creation and Development -
- Intro to Host Community Agreements -
- Municipal Process -
- Accounting and Taxes for Cannabis Businesses -
- Skills Based Retail -
- Agent Recruitment and Training -
HOLYOKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CANNABIS EDUCATION CENTER
Another accomplishment from 2019 was the launch of our Workforce Training Programs in partnership with Holyoke Community College. The Cannabis Education Center (CEC) remains up and running, and provides skilled workforce training to prepare students for lucrative careers in the cannabis industry.
Learn more about the CEC here.