Parabola Center

About Parabola Center

"If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else." – Toni Morrison

Parabola Center is a nonpartisan think tank of legal professionals and drug policy experts coming together to protect people, not corporations. Our mission is to provide everyone with access and tools to participate in the drug policy arena.

Drug laws are changing because of a mass movement of everyday people. Our work is for that civil rights movement, which puts equity and justice at the heart of drug policy and promotes a fair, open, and regulated marketplace.

After 20+ years learning and creating cannabis policy, working on campaigns, practicing law, and serving the public, we'd rather use that experience to benefit everyday people over rich clients. We see our job as keeping the power with the people.

It's a myth that people don't care about policy details -- in our experience, the more people get involved, the better the policy. That’s where Parabola Center comes in. We provide the resources necessary to advocate for concrete, equitable, workable policies that put people ahead of corporate profits.

About the Founders

Shaleen Title
Shaleen Title: CEO

Shaleen Title is an attorney and drug policy activist who has been writing, passing, and implementing equitable cannabis laws for over 20 years. In addition to her role as CEO of Parabola Center, she currently serves as a distinguished fellow in cannabis policy at The Ohio State University College of Law’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center and as vice chair of the Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition. She is a frequent lecturer and consultant on cannabis policy and has testified before governmental bodies around the world about restorative justice in marijuana laws. From 2017 to 2020, she served as an inaugural commissioner of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, implementing that state’s voter-passed legalization law.

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Richard Juang
Richard Juang: Legal Director

Richard Juang is a Massachusetts attorney with several decades of experience in a wide range of civil rights and justice movements. He is a co-founder of Parabola Center and serves as its Legal Director. Previously, he served as assistant general counsel for AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and as a staff attorney for Alternatives for Community & Environment. Richard holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, a PhD in English from Cornell University, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University.

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Shanel Lindsay
Shanel Lindsay: Entrepreneurship Director

Shanel Lindsay is an attorney, advocate and serial entrepreneur. In addition to serving as Parabola Center’s Entrepreneur Director, Shanel is Founder and CEO of Ardent Life Inc., a global cannabis hardware and CPG company. Shanel was an author of Question 4, the ballot initiative to legalize adult use cannabis in Massachusetts. Subsequently, she was appointed to the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board, serving from 2017-2021. Shanel is also co-founder of the grassroots advocacy group Equitable Opportunities Now.

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Advisors

Parabola Center is grateful to our advisors who have been generous with their evidence-based and integrity-based guidance. They collectively bring deep expertise and a wide range of legal, science, and policy perspectives aligned with our goals of equity and justice.