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 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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strategic business advisor
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.
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.
Attorney Watanabe 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.
Josh Jones is a writer who creates pragmatic and effective content for businesses and entrepreneurs trying to navigate the complexities of state and local regulation. Josh's work is driven by his firm belief that a legal, well-regulated cannabis marketplace leads to safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities.
For nearly a decade, Josh served as an attorney with the University of Tennessee, Municipal Technical Advisory Service where he counseled local governments across a wide array of legal practice areas including zoning, telecommunications, utilities, employment law, ethics, public records, and privacy. Concurrent to this tenure, Josh served as legislative counsel to the Tennessee Municipal League for whom he drafted legislation and advised on public policy. Outside of higher education, in both the public and private sectors, Josh has represented, educated, and partnered with government entities, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual clients from all walks of life.
Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Tennessee (1997) and a Juris Doctorate from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville (2003). Josh was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 2003 and became a Tennessee Supreme Court listed, Rule 31 Mediator in 2014. Attorney Jones is not licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and his work is performed under the supervision of Founder & Chief Counsel, Blake M. Mensing.
Josh lives with his wife and two children in Boulder County, Colorado.