Athlete, cancer survivor, prohibition fighter, patient, and cannabis activist. He has been active with MassCann/NORML Since 1993. Member and elected to Board of Directors since 1997. Head of Bones Crew for the early bird volunteers, setting up the Boston Freedom Rally every year, as well as breaking it down with the night owl volunteers. President since 2014.
Lorna has been using cannabis for over 47 years and has always believed that cannabis is an excellent medication for pain and anxiety, amongst other conditions. During her career she has been an Occupational Therapist, a Computer Technician, a Technical Support Manager, a Computer Sales Manager, a Computer Marketing Manager and a Computer Maintenance Sales Manager. Due to a congenital problem with her spine and an accident in gym class in Junior High, Lorna has been in pain for most of her life and had to leave her career in order to have over forty surgeries to date, starting with seven spinal fusion surgeries. Due to her severe level of pain, pain management doctors had prescribed high dosages of opioids which made her feel like a “zombie”. Lorna’s son and other family members let her know that she wasn’t herself on these meds and she discontinued the use of long-term pain management with opioids and instead uses only cannabis, unless it’s for post-surgical pain. She has just been voted onto the MassCann board of directors as the Clerk in May 2019 and is the Committee Chairperson for the Education and Communications Committees. Lorna also volunteers for Shrewsbury Media Connection, Shrewsbury’s Public Access TV Channel, producing Shrewsbury Senior News, Newsmakers with Matt LaBarre and her own show regarding cannabis, CannaCorner.
Press Secretary, Media & MMJ Committee Chair
Spends most of her free time researching cannabis past to present and everything in between. She attended the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis (NIC) in 2014 and joined MassCann shortly after in early 2015. She has worked for a certified cannabis doctor assisting patients with online registration for their MMJ card & a Massachusetts medical marijuana cultivation facility as a trimmer to Harvest Supervisor. After a year in the industry, she circled back to NIC as the Admissions Coordinator until 2016. She is now freelancing with her partner setting up cannabis gardens for those growing at home.
Director, Marketing Committee Chair
Chachi Dabs first started attending the Boston freedom rally when he was 15 . Since a young age, he has enjoyed cannabis. After high school, he became a line cook and started to grow his own medicine. In that time, he realized he enjoyed teaching people to cultivate their own when questions about his garden would come up. After some time spent fighting for cannabis in the courts, he believes the laws make it difficult for many growers in Massachusetts to grow even with legalization. Between growing and freelance cannabis photography, most of his day revolves around the plant in one way or another. He is passionate about what he does and tries his best to share what he has learned in his 15 years with the plant
First started smoking weed while demonstrating against the Vietnam War, and left the country when Richard Nixon was re-elected, hitchhiking the Hippy Trail down the Pan-American Highway. She left the cannabis community to raise a family and earn a living, acting like a model citizen until being laid off in the economic crash of 2008. No longer facing pee tests and ballooning Pharma prices, Kathryn started growing her own meds and advocating for the repeal of Prohibition. She will be happy to retire soon, sit under her fig tree and grapevine, and smoke unafraid.
Director, Boston Freedom Rally Committee Chair
Mike Clinton is a music, art and cannabis photographer that began his journey into advocacy a decade ago when he co-hosted a radio show that highlighted the underground cannabis community. A few years later Mike began his own radio show to create a local media outlet for the community. Eventually, Mike grew into hosting events including multiple cannabis competitions like the Commonwealth Cannabis Competition. Mike is passionate about music so when he began photography to help document and showcase the cannabis community it was only natural that he would drift into music and art photography. Mike currently helps individuals, caregivers, dispensaries, growers and product manufacturers with photography solutions for their businesses as well as hosting multiple Cannabis events.
Robert first became an activist with MassCann/NORML as a volunteer in 2016 at the Boston Freedom Rally. He is a hard worker and fights for what he believes in. The Cannabis Community helps guide him to study and learn more about cannabis and patients rights. He became a member in 2017 where he started to become a full-time activist. He is HIPAA certified as of 2018 and loves to educate every chance he gets.
Became active with MassCann/NORML in early 2017 for Lobby Day and continued to volunteer for the organization throughout the year. She was born in Washington, DC, grew up in PG County, Maryland and moved to Marlborough, MA in 1998. In 2002 she graduated from Marlborough High (Go Panthers) and attended St. John’s University in Jamaica Queens, NY. In only three years, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and a minor in Communication Arts. Early in her career Shannon held some exciting positions in the sports industry, worked as an Assistant Manager at a bank, a Bookkeeper and more recently a Clinical Operations Specialist. As she transitions her skills, she hopes to help diversify and promote inclusion in the cannabis industry/community with her start-up business, The Connekt. While the industry continues to grow, her most important job is raising her 9-year-old daughter and being an example of a responsible parent who likes to puff, puff, and pass (with person’s 21+ of course)!