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State is ‘blazing new trails’ in marijuana equity, says pot company owner | The Boston Globe

“Even our roadblocks are paving the way for other people to make better equity programs,” she said. “I don’t see anything that we do here as a failure, because we are blazing new trails and important work isn’t easy work. But we need to hurry.”

Check out this amazing profile of EON Co-Founder and Ardent CEO Shanel Lindsay by John Hillard in the Boston Globe

Shanel Lindsay was a rising star in the state’s legal circles in 2009, as the Northeastern University School of Law graduate and former Superior Court law clerk litigated cases for a prestigious Boston law firm on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.

But one day that July — about eight months after Massachusetts voters decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana — Lindsay feared her career was finished after a Sharon police officer spotted medical marijuana in her car during a traffic stop.

She was arrested for pot possession and taken to the town’s police station for booking. She drew upon her legal training: The arrest was a violation of her civil rights, she told the arresting officer. The half-ounce of medical marijuana in her car was less than the legal limit. She argued successfully that she faced a civil fine, not an arrest, she said.