As the green rush changes the landscape of business opportunity in Massachusetts, we'd like to help you enter the marketplace as quickly and painlessly as possible. We will work to accommodate you at every level—we'll even come to your home or office so you can focus on your goals, not traffic.
Our approach to legal and business advising is a blend of the old-fashioned and the modern. We believe that the captains of industry that came before us had it right: taking the time to learn about you as an individual so that we may truly understand your company's vision is absolutely worth every minute. By applying modern research techniques and social media technologies, we are able to remain a rapidly adaptable team that knows cannabis, the law, and Massachusetts. We are adept at communicating with people of all walks of life, from state and local officials, to bud trimmers, to the inevitable anti-cannabis contingent.
The Mensing Group LLC is the first, and only, homegrown legal and business advisory firm solely dedicated to cannabis in Massachusetts. We are proud to limit our practice to the exclusive service of Massachusetts cannabis business clients and we bring that singular focus to bear on the important issues facing our clients.
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The Mensing Group LLC Team
Founder & Chief Counsel
Blake M. Mensing, Esq.
Attorney Blake M. Mensing is The Mensing Group LLC's Founder and Chief Counsel, and brings a no-nonsense approach to cannabis law in Massachusetts. Blake earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005), a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law (2010), an M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Global Environmental Policy from American University School of International Service (2010), and an LL.M. in Environmental Law from the George Washington University Law School (2011), where he was a Randolph C. Shaw Graduate Environmental Fellow. While in law school, Blake served as the Senior Note and Comment Editor of the International Law Review and as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Development Law & Policy. Blake received the Dean's Award for Professional Responsibility for exemplifying proficiency in skills and the highest ethical standards of the profession for his work in American University Washington College of Law's nationally recognized General Practice Clinic.
Blake was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 2010 and his legal experience includes transactional real estate, consumer protection litigation, environmental law, and municipal law. In his capacity as associate town counsel for seven towns throughout the Commonwealth, Blake has written and edited zoning and general bylaws, advised boards of selectmen on medical marijuana dispensary regulation by the Department of Public Health, worked with planning boards and zoning boards of appeal, and represented municipalities before the Massachusetts courts and administrative regulatory agencies. As a former Conservation Commissioner for the Town of Holliston, Blake was one of the local regulators charged with enforcing both the state's Wetlands Protection Act and the town's wetlands bylaw. Blake brings his legal and local skills to every interaction with state and local officials, which, when coupled with affability and honesty, helps to make him a different kind of lawyer.
Blake serves as Counsel to the Hoban Law Group, the nation’s premiere Cannabusiness Law Firm. HLG is a leader in providing professional services to the cannabis industry, which is comprised of the industrial hemp industry, the regulated marijuana marketplace, their ancillary service providers (finance, capital markets, compliance, etc.), and their international counterparts.
Blake also serves as Chief Counsel of Squared Holdings LLC, which is pursuing licensure from the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program, a state registry program within the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Blake knows cannabis and knows the law.
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George E. Mensing
George E. Mensing provides cohesive business and strategic advice to help cannabis businesses enter the market from the best possible angle. George has over 8 years of experience in pharmaceutical drug development, operations management, and biotech/pharma private consulting with some of the biggest names in biotech. George has experience heading a nationwide drug trial, overseeing a mutlimillion-dollar operational budget, and negotiating with a wide variety of businesses, ranging from big pharma, major universities, to specialty vendors. That experience has translated seamlessly to representing cannabis clients in multimillion-dollar deals and developing operational budgets. Additionally, George's experience directing clinical trials has afforded him the opportunity to operate under the strictest state and federal regulations and to develop numerous regulatory compliant operational plans, SOPs, work instructions, and documentation processes.
George's Master of Public Health training at Northeastern University has put him in prime position to represent your business at public hearings to help educate the public on the positive impact cannabis and a cannabis business can have on the community. Your business will also benefit from George's ability to calmly and succinctly explain why certain thinking on the negatives of cannabis is not rooted in reality. The Mensing Group LLC believes that any business entering the recreational market can, and should, have robust public support. George, as a non-attorney, does not provide any legal advice or services.
Cristina Buccola, Esq.
Cristina serves as Counsel to The Mensing Group LLC and brings an unparalleled breadth and depth of knowledge to the table. Cristina is an attorney, advisor, and advocate who helps her clients build and sustain viable cannabis and hemp enterprises.
As the founder of Cristina Buccola Counsel PLLC, she is retained by entrepreneurs, institutional and private investors, farmers, consumer products and tech companies, artists, media outlets, and not-for-profit organizations. Cristina advises on transactional matters and investment opportunities, designs brand/IP protection and licensing programs, develops strategic ventures, and manages her clients' day-to-day legal needs. She also assists cannabis and hemp producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, and applicants in navigating the legal, licensing, regulatory, and operational challenges they face. Cristina is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Illinois (retired).
Cristina dedicates a portion of her practice to public interest/policy work related to medical cannabis and economic and social justice issues, has testified in front of the New York State and New Jersey Legislatures about cannabis regulatory programs, and has worked with elected officials on developing cannabis legalization positions. She is a member of the New York Cannabis Bar Association and the National Cannabis Bar Association. Cristina also serves as Counsel to Serenity Garden Harlem, a community garden in Sugar Hill, NYC.
Before dedicating herself exclusively to the full-spectrum law practice that is CB Counsel, Cristina served as the General Counsel of High Times and was a partner in an adult-use cultivation concern.
Cristina received her BA from The Gallatin School at New York University and her JD from The University of Chicago Law School. She cut her teeth in the M&A and private equity departments of white-shoe law firms in NYC and Chicago. She also served as the General Counsel and Director of Human Resources of an international technology company.
Rebecca Greenberg, Esq.
In addition to serving as Counsel to The Mensing Group LLC, Rebecca is a partner of The Greenberg Law Firm LLP, practicing for more than eight years in the areas of civil and commercial litigation. She has participated in the prosecution of multiple medical malpractice, personal injury and civil rights litigation cases, and is well versed in the area of internal investigation and legal analysis.
She is also an active advocate in the area of drug policy reform and cannabis law. She advises clients on minimizing liability exposure in the rapidly developing cannabis industry and is an expert in the areas of New York compliance and professional liability, particularity in the area of medical cannabis. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Washington Heights Corner Project and is an active member of the New York Cannabis Bar Association. She has written and lectured on the constitutionality of Internal Revenue Code 280E, medical malpractice liability exposure for recommending cannabis in New York State and implementing medical cannabis in primary health care.
While pursuing her Juris Doctorate degree, Rebecca was selected to serve as a judicial intern at the New York State Appellate Division, First Department, where she gained valuable insight and experience in the practical aspects of both appellate practice and as well as the intricacies of judicial administration.
Rebecca, a native New Yorker, has an in depth understanding of the unique complexity of New York State litigation. She understands the importance of focusing on the facts and circumstances of a particular client’s case. as well as the practical impact of injury on the client’s life, in effecting and utilizing an optimum strategy to facilitate the best possible outcome for the client in the client’s search for justice.
Rebecca is not licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and her work is performed under the supervision of Founder & Chief Counsel, Blake M. Mensing.
Jacqueline Brandolini, Esq.
Jacqueline Brandolini Watanabe has been providing legal consulting services in the exciting field of Medical Cannabis since 2016. Most recently, Jacqueline has been assisting a vertically-integrated Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (MMTC), currently licensed and operating in two states, with their expansion into new markets. Her work has included application strategic planning, application writing, verification of state-specific regulatory compliance, and coordination of the MMTC's submission process.
As the medical marijuana space becomes increasingly more competitive, successful organizations require a wider range of skill sets in order to succeed. Jacqueline's experience as Corporate Secretary to Boards of Directors, combined with her experience as a successful trial attorney, have enabled her to develop the types of skills that are highly applicable to this space. These skills include statutory and regulatory analysis, regulatory compliance, legal research, strategic planning, and formulation of persuasive and compelling legal arguments.
Jacqueline is responsible for drafting persuasive, clear, and concise Marijuana Establishment license applications under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, as amended. Jacqueline works with the team to ensure that all Standard Operating Procedures developed by applicants for licensure under the Act are compliant with the regulations promulgated thereunder by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.
Jacqueline is not licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and her work is performed under the supervision of Founder & Chief Counsel, Blake M. Mensing.
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Mr. Corbett is a passionate leader with proven results who brings his exceptionally diverse and focused experience to both the corporate business world as well as the early stage startup world. Mr. Corbett has focused his career on building new markets, increasing market share for new products, and optimizing revenue. Mr. Corbett played a vital role for over 12 years in business development at CSC Computer Services Corporate (now DXC) for their International Business divisions, and held positions in Vienna, Austria and London, England. He served the last few years at his career at CSC in an executive lead position for managing the growth of CSC’s financial services division with a focus on European, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Latin American markets and clients. Corbett was recognized three times with the CSC Platinum Circle leadership award (2009, 2010 and 2014) as well as the CSC Chairman’s Award for Business Excellence in 2011 and successfully graduated from the CSC Global Business Program which included several business module certificates awarded from Cornell’s graduate program.
Mr. Corbett has over a decade of experience as a startup entrepreneur (e.g. co-founder, investor, advisor) with a major focus on engaging in early stage growth strategy, raising capital, team building, marketing and supporting Founders across corporate governance, operational and structural needs. His startup industry experience includes: digital technology, green technologies, environmental services, philanthropic & rare pediatric disease management.
Since early 2014, Mr. Corbett has been serving in Board, Executive Management Team and Advisory roles to:
Squared Holdings – Advisor - Squared Holdings is a team of experts that are positioning to be an integral part of the developing cannabis landscape in the United States. The team consists of experienced business, clinical, agricultural and cannabis experts. Assisting in building cannabis business in Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Responsible for capital raise, team build, corporate governance and structure.
Livestage Inc – President (past Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO) – As LIVESTAGE° President based in London, United Kingdom, and New York City, the President of LIVESTAGE° is responsible for ensuring all the Company’s capital raise processes are completed successfully; for the delivery of the core technology platform; and for the growth and delivery of LIVESTAGE° business in Domestic, International and Emerging markets through a program of sponsorships, distribution partnerships and direct artist engagements
MiroDrej Management, LLC – Founder - MiroDrej Mgmt provides management & consultant services in the areas of strategy, capital-raise, sales, marketing, and business development to a wide variety of industries including, video & music-based technologies, environmental services, cannabis, and mobile digital markets.
The Beauhawks Foundation – Advisor & Interim Chief Operating Officer- The Beauhawk’s Mission is simple, to save the lives of children fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and pediatric rare disease. We have committed to alter the course of these diseases by inspiring others to invoke change and save millions of children worldwide.
Sonrisa Lewis, Esq.
Sonrisa is a technical writer for The Mensing Group. Sonrisa drafts Marijuana Establishment license applications in accordance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, as amended. Sonrisa uses her background in regulatory compliance to ensure that applicants seeking licensure under the Act develop Standard Operating Procedures that are compliant with the regulatory provisions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.
Sonrisa Lewis is also a freelance attorney with her firm, Lewis Legal. Sonrisa runs her practice providing high-quality legal research, legal writing, and litigation support to outstanding law firms internationally. Sonrisa has experience in many practice areas including regulatory compliance, banking law, family law, criminal law, and personal injury law.
Sonrisa worked as a subcontractor for the federal government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has also held positions in compliance for Bank of America and HSBC. Sonrisa fine-tuned her writing skills during a three-year clerkship in the Family Court for the State of Delaware, becoming known for her ability to express sound legal analysis through clear and detailed writing.
Sonrisa received her B.A. in criminal justice and legal studies from the University of Delaware’s Honors Program. She went on to earn her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law. Sonrisa is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.
Sonrisa is not licensed in Massachusetts and works under the supervision of Founder & Chief Counsel, Blake M. Mensing.