“Some Legends are Real” – Introducing the Gentlemen Smugglers Brand

Here at Gentlemen Smugglers, we are thrilled to bring premium cannabis products to people across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It’s been an incredible voyage getting our brand to where it is today, and we’re looking forward to sharing our amazing (true) story!

Keep following along as we briefly introduce our company, while providing a glimpse into what we’re scoping on the horizon.

Who are the ‘Gentlemen Smugglers’?

First things first. You might be wondering, Who are the Gentlemen Smugglers? From the early 1970s to the mid 1980s, led by legendary kingpin, Barry “Flash” Foy, this crew of homegrown outlaws owned the illegal marijuana trade from Massachusetts all the way down to Florida.

From their origins in coastal South Carolina, they navigated treacherous ocean waters, sacrificing personal safety, space, sleep and sanity to deliver more than 200 tons of grass and hash to the East Coast.

They built a global empire that stretched from Colombia to Lebanon, from Jamaica to Thailand. And they became the main targets of Operation Jackpot, the opening act in President Reagan’s War on Drugs. They lived life like an epic chase that inevitably cost them their freedom.

They were known as the Gentlemen Smugglers.

What is the Significance of the Term: ‘Gentlemen Smugglers’?

Here’s how the phrase ‘Gentlemen Smugglers’ originated:

Two rules were sacrosanct: no guns and no smuggling cocaine. They felt guns were unnecessary and, in fact, invited violence. Similarly, this is why they chose not to traffic cocaine.

While it was a more lucrative product, cocaine smugglers invariably toted automatic weapons. Given their standards and their college educations, the two men were nicknamed “the Gentlemen Smugglers.”

— Lynn Padgett Beard, Columbia Metropolitan, describing Barry “Flash” Foy & fellow smuggler, Les Riley

Intrigued? We certainly can’t blame you! In our upcoming blogs, we’ll be highlighting the Gentlemen Smugglers story, giving our loyal readers an exclusive glimpse into this seemingly mythical tale that was all too real.

Picking up Where We Left Off

Our goal is to pick up where we left off: supplying premium cannabis, this time to the legal market — while using our platform to support ending needless incarceration for non-violent marijuana crimes.

The Gentlemen Smugglers brand represents an authentic experience and evolution from the illegal trade, to federal prison, to a regulated cannabis industry.

Our products are a union of the spirit and strains of the 70s, combined with the quality of today’s state-of-the-art craft cultivation techniques.

Your New Favorite Outlaws – Our Vision for the Future of GS

As we evolve, we see ourselves as a premier, nationally-recognized cannabis brand that is known for its high-grade strains and products offered with vintage outlaw swagger.

As we drop anchor into the MA legal cannabis market, we are planning to use our platform in order to support social equity – by working with esteemed organizations that are really making a difference, such as The Last Prisoner Project.

Enjoy the Ride with Gentlemen Smugglers Premium Cannabis Products

So, who are Gentlemen Smugglers customers? We see our products in the hands of anyone who wants to enjoy great cannabis while experiencing an incredible time in American history (through the unique vision of the people who lived it).

GS was born out of a desire to be the first choice for premium cannabis offerings coupled with unparalleled storytelling — brought to you by the real crew that started it all. We’re launching with pre-rolls, pre-roll packs, and premium flower.

In a trade filled with ruthless people and dangerous places, they made their own rules, and they thrived.

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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.