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 […]

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) […]

Cannabis Social Equity: GS Initiatives – Supporting the Last Prisoner Project

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If you’ve been following along with the Gentlemen Smugglers blog series, you may already be familiar with our incredible true story. From the highest heights of cannabis smuggling in the 70s, to doing his time in prison on the Kingpin statute, Barry “Flash” Foy has done it all and lived to tell the tale. It […]

Why We Chose to Launch in Massachusetts

It’s a monumental new era of legalized cannabis in the United States – but it hasn’t come without the tireless efforts of true believers, activists, and political allies. Just as important as providing natural wellness options for all, we need to celebrate and honor those who sacrificed to get us to where we are today. […]


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.