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Media Coverage of Founder & Chief Counsel Blake M. Mensing

As anyone who knows him can attest, Blake is never shy and has shared his take on the state of cannabis regulation with reporters from industry publications and international media.

"But Blake Mensing, an attorney who represents marijuana operators, said additional payments — including even donations to third-party nonprofits — shouldn’t be allowed if they’re required in the same contract granting local approval. Otherwise, he said, smaller companies will be frozen out.  'There is some gray area to navigate,' Mensing said, 'but I think the commission is making it harder than it needs to be. Up to 3 percent for no longer than five years is, honestly, a model of statutory clarity.'”   https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/08/22/cannabis-officials-doubted-there-was-problem-but-any-local-marijuana-contracts-follow-law/mCCoIEALIev2QEOQv0bpEO/story.html

"But Blake Mensing, an attorney who represents marijuana operators, said additional payments — including even donations to third-party nonprofits — shouldn’t be allowed if they’re required in the same contract granting local approval. Otherwise, he said, smaller companies will be frozen out.

'There is some gray area to navigate,' Mensing said, 'but I think the commission is making it harder than it needs to be. Up to 3 percent for no longer than five years is, honestly, a model of statutory clarity.'”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/08/22/cannabis-officials-doubted-there-was-problem-but-any-local-marijuana-contracts-follow-law/mCCoIEALIev2QEOQv0bpEO/story.html

“Blake Mensing, an attorney working with cannabis businesses in Massachusetts, said the cannabis commission, perhaps unintentionally, failed to prioritize the licensing of marijuana testing labs earlier in the process, ensuring some of the current delays.”   https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/marijuana/2018/10/01/slow-rollout-retail-marijuana-shrinking-state-estimated-taxes-advocates-say/d3OYI6iUNuPbjtYHHwrwmO/story.html

“Blake Mensing, an attorney working with cannabis businesses in Massachusetts, said the cannabis commission, perhaps unintentionally, failed to prioritize the licensing of marijuana testing labs earlier in the process, ensuring some of the current delays.”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/marijuana/2018/10/01/slow-rollout-retail-marijuana-shrinking-state-estimated-taxes-advocates-say/d3OYI6iUNuPbjtYHHwrwmO/story.html


“There’s an air of legitimacy around our group that makes me hopeful that the stigma is going to fall away,” said Blake Mensing, a cannabis attorney from Massachusetts who helps clients obtain local permits and state licenses for adult use cannabis businesses.   https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/24/cannabis-industry-lobby-washington-legalization

“There’s an air of legitimacy around our group that makes me hopeful that the stigma is going to fall away,” said Blake Mensing, a cannabis attorney from Massachusetts who helps clients obtain local permits and state licenses for adult use cannabis businesses.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/24/cannabis-industry-lobby-washington-legalization

“Attorney for cannabis businesses in Massachusetts Blake Mensing told 22News, ‘The tax revenue isn't coming because the CCC failed to anticipate that they would need licensed testing labs to get products on the shelves, and that was a failure of foresight in my opinion.’"   https://www.wwlp.com/news/state-politics/recreational-marijuana-stores-still-waiting-for-final-licensing-from-ccc/1493183742

“Attorney for cannabis businesses in Massachusetts Blake Mensing told 22News, ‘The tax revenue isn't coming because the CCC failed to anticipate that they would need licensed testing labs to get products on the shelves, and that was a failure of foresight in my opinion.’"

https://www.wwlp.com/news/state-politics/recreational-marijuana-stores-still-waiting-for-final-licensing-from-ccc/1493183742

New to Lobby Days was Attorney  Blake Mensing . He was eager to join the crowd of professionals to advocate for the fair treatment of cannabis businesses. “I think that this is the eighth year that this is happening really shows that the industry is coming out of the shadows and the momentum has built to the point that there’s a small probability that things are going back to the way they were [prior to the reform victories of the last decade].” Mensing founded  The Mensing Group  after he left his job as a Municipal Attorney in Massachusetts to start a cannabis-only practice. “It’s the first time I’ve ever had fun being a lawyer,” he remarked ...   https://thecannabisindustry.org/members-action-ncias-2018-cannabis-industry-lobby-days/

New to Lobby Days was Attorney Blake Mensing. He was eager to join the crowd of professionals to advocate for the fair treatment of cannabis businesses. “I think that this is the eighth year that this is happening really shows that the industry is coming out of the shadows and the momentum has built to the point that there’s a small probability that things are going back to the way they were [prior to the reform victories of the last decade].” Mensing founded The Mensing Group after he left his job as a Municipal Attorney in Massachusetts to start a cannabis-only practice. “It’s the first time I’ve ever had fun being a lawyer,” he remarked ...

https://thecannabisindustry.org/members-action-ncias-2018-cannabis-industry-lobby-days/

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Meet Blake M. Mensing of The Mensing Group

 
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181222/some-question-legal-reach-of-marijuana-impact-fees   “If you find someone who is willing to pay $100,000 off the top – essentially to grease the wheels – that’s going to limit who can start up,” Mensing said. “I think the people with the most money are making the most progress, and I don’t think that’s what the statutes intended. I don’t think that’s what the voters intended.”

https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20181222/some-question-legal-reach-of-marijuana-impact-fees

“If you find someone who is willing to pay $100,000 off the top – essentially to grease the wheels – that’s going to limit who can start up,” Mensing said. “I think the people with the most money are making the most progress, and I don’t think that’s what the statutes intended. I don’t think that’s what the voters intended.”

 

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