Nature's Remedy Joins Responsible Regulation Alliance Advisory Board

The Responsible Regulation Alliance announced the expansion of its advisory board Thursday with the addition of Nature’s Remedy, which plans to operate three adult use retail stores and two medical dispensaries, with the first location opening in late 2018. The company produces its own electricity off the grid to sustain its state-of-the-art cultivation facility in Lakeville.

Nature’s Remedy is the seventh member of the RRA Advisory Board, joining Bask Cannabis, Massachusetts Patient Foundation, Mayflower Medicinals, Natural Selections, Acreage Holdings, and Trichome Health. RRA intends to limit the board to 10 cannabis companies that are either operating or planning to operate in Massachusetts.

RRA is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing responsible regulation of the cannabis industry in the Commonwealth. With the participation of individuals well versed in state-based cannabis regulation, it produces memos and offers insight to state actors involved in shaping and overseeing the regulated cannabis market. RRA provided the Cannabis Control Commission with insight on a variety of issues as the commission worked on Massachusetts' adult-use regulations. RRA shared its recommendations with the public via our website.

“We are passionate about creating a positive impact in the cannabis industry and in the community, so we look forward to being a proactive member of the Responsible Regulation Alliance,” said Michael Scott, chairman of Nature’s Remedy. “We believe the early stage cannabis businesses in Massachusetts have a unique window of opportunity to help shape what will become the hub of cannabis on the East Coast right here in Massachusetts. Through groups like the RRA, we can help develop a responsible, balanced, and well-regulated cannabis market; that is a real win for all involved.”

The day-to-day work of RRA is coordinated by two firms retained by the organization: Tremont Strategies Group (TSG) and VS Strategies. TSG (formerly Beacon Strategies Group, prior to a merger) is a Boston-based public affairs and government relations firm that has been working in the cannabis field since the Commonwealth passed Question 3, which granted patients access to medical marijuana. VS Strategies is a lobbying and public relations firm based in Denver, whose principals have collectively spent decades enacting and shaping cannabis laws and regulations. RRA also receives valuable insight and guidance from the Boston office of the Vicente Sederberg law firm.

“With the adult-use market just getting off the ground, there will surely be some wrinkles in the regulatory system and we want to help officials iron them out,” said Steve Byrne, a vice president at TSG who serves as executive director of RRA. “The goal is to ensure rules and regulations are achieving their public health objectives while also allowing businesses to operate efficiently.”