Ms Tara J. Hopper, Esq.
Tara J. Hopper, Esq., is currently the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Licensing for Columbia Care (Patriot Care – Massachusetts), a multi-state operator for the cultivation, manufacturing and dispensing of medical and adult use cannabis. Tara has been navigating the regulatory landscape for cannabis in Massachusetts since January 2017 when she began lobbying for MassCann/NORML, and then worked as General Counsel to Garden Remedies, another vertically integrated medical and adult-use cannabis company in Massachusetts until coming to Columbia Care in September 2019. Tara comes to Columbia Care with over 15 years of experience working in public policy, regulatory and government affairs and has worked closely with both the Florida and Massachusetts legislature and executive agencies. Tara gained expertise navigating through government processes when she began working as Chief of Staff to a Florida State Senator in 2003, and focused on Health Law in her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) program, and completed a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Health Law and Public Policy with an emphasis on FDA law and pharmaceutical regulatory compliance. With federal legalization on the horizon, Tara’s expertise with FDA law provides excellent insight on future possibilities of cannabis regulation. Tara is also a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) who has been a strong advocate for mental health and other disability issues.