The Benefits of an Alias

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In the shimmering world of shadows and discreet affairs, the tale of Barry “Flash” Foy stands out, a narrative woven with the threads of aliases and a life lived on the brink. His story, reminiscent of the intriguing plots of classic caper films, unfolds a compelling argument for the utility of an alias, particularly for […]

MA Cannabis Record Expungement Info: Clearing the Path Forward

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In the historic state of Massachusetts, a significant shift in the legal landscape has unfolded, turning a new leaf for individuals with past cannabis-related offenses. Once marked by stringent laws that criminalized the possession and use of marijuana, the state has now embraced more progressive regulations, acknowledging the need for change. This change comes in […]

Smuggling in Style: Announcing Our New Merch

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Are you ready to break the norms, celebrate rebellion and radiate audacious charm while wrapped around in authenticity and style? Buckle up, space cowboys and cowgirls, we recently released a new batch of exciting merch! Here at Gentlemen Smugglers, we’re all about empowering each rebel to express their lush spirit and unique narratives. Our new […]

Gentlemen Smugglers: The Lore Behind the Name – Livin’ the High Life

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Circa the late 70s, in the heyday of revelry and wild abandon, America found itself blessed with the Gentlemen Smugglers. These entrepreneurial modern-day pirates, sailing the seas of hedonism, seemed to embody everything President Carter lamented in his legendary “Malaise” speech. They became the archetype of an America that was enamored with easy money and […]

Barry Foy: Making a Difference in a New Legal Cannabis Reality

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What is the KINGPIN STATUTE from GENTLEMEN SMUGGLERS on Vimeo. Once upon a time, decades ago, Barry “Flash” Foy ruled the high seas of America’s underground cannabis trade, leading an infamous marijuana smuggling ring that earned its place in the annals of the country’s clandestine history. The operation boasted an extraordinary scope and expanse, stemming […]

“Some Legends Are Real” – Meet the Female Smugglers!

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If you’ve been taking a voyage with us through our blogs, you’ve learned about the saltwater beginnings of Gentlemen Smugglers and our high-grade offerings. Today, we’re charting a course back in time to an era where velvet blazers met cannabis stashes, where our leading ladies ruled the high seas and were as unstoppable as the […]

Assessing the Failure of The War on Drugs

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Born as a well-meaning movement against drug abuse, the War on Drugs promised a drug-free future for America. Yet looking back, the reality of its outcome remains a stark contrast to that initial promise. With no substantial reduction in drug addiction rates, this “war” has become synonymous with failure. This blog will delve into the […]

Cannabis Tourism in Boston

GS – BOSTON CANNABIS HISTORY – from GENTLEMEN SMUGGLERS on Vimeo. The History of Boston Cannabis in 90-seconds.   Welcome to the world of cannabis tourism in Boston, a vibrant and historic city with a thriving cannabis scene. At Gentlemen Smugglers, we’re proudly based in Massachusetts, providing consumers with premium products for their various needs. […]

Taking A Stance Against Rainbow Washing: GS at Boston’s Pride Parade

At Gentlemen Smugglers, we are deeply committed to supporting and celebrating diversity within legal cannabis and beyond. As we enter Pride Month 2023, we want to take a moment to discuss the importance of genuine support for the LGBTQ+ community and address the issue of rainbow washing, a marketing tactic that can undermine the true […]

Diving Further into the GS Story: “The Second Life”

“It was no longer a boat. It was no longer a living quarters, it was no longer nothin’. The whole aft stateroom was full of hash. There was a forward forepeak, it was packed full…the only thing that was left open was the bathroom, the kitchen and the main salon.”  —  Christy Campbell (Gentleman Smuggler) […]


With a rich background in accounting and a trail of successful mentees launching their accounting firms, Vanessa is not just a financial expert but the force behind the scenes, ensuring the numbers align for daring endeavors. Juggling the roles of being an accounting professional, mentor, business consultant, and proud DOPE CFO Pro Badge holder, she continues to bring a unique blend of dedication and organizational prowess to her role.

In 2019, Vanessa launched her accounting firm, Butler CFO & Tax, where she’s helped hundreds of firm owners and non-profit organizations scale their businesses.  She has been a driving force helping the Gentlemen Smugglers to stay successful.

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Peter Cardoz

As a passionate cannabis advocate, lifetime food enthusiast and veteran scientist, Peter brings his wealth of knowledge and love for cannabis to the Gentlemen Smugglers team. He started his research career from an early age, eventually conducting research at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, where he become published in Nature Communications.

In 2021, Peter started his own consulting company, Cardoz Blended Gourmet, and a launched a line of gourmet, live resin infused CBD culinary oils.

Cathy O'Hara

Meet Cathy, head of People Operations at Gentlemen Smugglers. Cathy is a former journalist turned Tech Pioneer. As the 35th employee at AirBNB, Cathy helped scale the home-sharing startup into the mega star it is today.

Cathy joins GS with a proven knowledge of recruiting, people leadership, community relationship building, customer service operations, workflow planning and project management. Plus she’s just a cool world traveler.