Brian Vicente Joins Marijuana Policy Project’s Board of Directors

Mar 1, 2023

Congratulations, Brian!

We are proud to announce that Vicente LLP’s founding partner Brian Vicente joined Marijuana Policy Project’s (MPP) Board of Directors! His expertise and knowledge will be a major asset to MPP as they continue to advance cannabis reform nationwide and build momentum toward ending federal prohibition once and for all. 

Read the full announcement on MPP’s blog

About Brian Vicente

Vicente LLP Founding Partner Brian Vicente has been helping marijuana businesses obtain state and local licenses since the inception of the regulated cannabis industry — an industry he has played a significant role in shaping. He has also advised national, state, and local government officials in the development of regulated cannabis markets across the country and around the world, including in Uruguay, the first country in the world to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult use. In late 2018, newly elected Colorado Gov. Jared Polis selected Brian to serve as a member of his gubernatorial transition team, where he sat on the Economic Development and Labor Committee.

Brian was a lead drafter of Colorado's historic legalization initiative, Amendment 64, and he co-directed the successful campaign in support of it. He also served as chair of the Committee for Responsible Regulation, which coordinated the successful campaign to implement statewide excise and sales taxes on adult-use marijuana in Colorado. Previously, Brian served as executive director of Sensible Colorado, a leading nonprofit organization advocating for medical marijuana patients and providers in Colorado. During this time, he played an integral role in litigation that opened the door for medical cannabis dispensaries to open in the state, as well as the legislative process that resulted in Colorado becoming the first state to establish a regulated system of medical cannabis production and distribution. Click here to read more about Brian.

About Marijuana Policy Project

MPP’s mission is to change federal law to allow states to determine their own cannabis policies without federal interference, to allow the medical use of cannabis in all 50 states and U.S. territories, and to regulate cannabis like alcohol.

MPP has been responsible for changing most of the state cannabis laws that have been reformed since 2000, including more than a dozen medical cannabis laws and the legalization of cannabis by voter initiative in Colorado, Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Michigan, and Montana. (MPP also assisted on the California campaign.) MPP’s team spearheaded the campaigns that resulted in Vermont and Illinois becoming the first two states to legalize cannabis legislatively. MPP also played a leading role in passing the most recent legalization laws to pass via state legislatures — in Connecticut and Rhode Island — as well as the legalization campaign in Maryland, which voters approved in November 2022. Click here to read more about Marijuana Policy Project.

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