Cannabis entrepreneurs and researchers work together in Somerville

At a time when the state’s budding cannabis industry is under threat from federal authorities, a grassroots network of entrepreneurs and researchers has taken root in Somerville.

On Thursday, Jan. 25, dozens of industry leaders gathered at Canopy City on Tyler Street for the first in a series of marijuana-related forums that will unfold over the next six months. The goal is to grow a network for stakeholders and provide a platform for exploring topics like medical research, equitable access, addiction and policy.

“We’re trying to connect all centers of excellence — not just in academia, but also in business,” said Randall MacCaffrie, co-founder of Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN), the Somerville business hosting the event series.

The goal, MacCaffrie’s partner Dr. Marion McNabb explained at the event, is to create a network that can

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