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The CCOE is a registered Massachusetts 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on conducting citizen-science population studies and programs in the areas of community engagement, medical cannabis, adult-use cannabis, and social justice within the cannabis industry.

Founded by the Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (C3RN), led by ​Dr. Marion McNabb and Randal MacCaffrie, C3RN operated in Massachusetts as a cannabis research, education, and advocacy company from 2017 to 2020. During this period, C3RN achieved significant milestones, including advocating for the cannabis research license in Massachusetts, establishing a four-year research and education partnership with UMass Dartmouth, conducting seven cannabis consumer and patient research studies, and publishing the findings. C3RN also collaborated with Holyoke Community College to create the Cannabis Education Center.

The C3RN leadership team won the first annual Cannabis Ancillary Business Start-up Competition hosted by the Boston University Questrom School of Business and Green Lion Partners in 2017. The winning concept led to the creation of a virtual Cannabis Center of Excellence, with Dr. Marion McNabb as the current President and Founder. The team conducted unique cannabis research studies, developed and taught undergraduate and graduate cannabis-focused educational programs, and led over 20 high-level educational and networking events in Massachusetts related to cannabis from 2018 to 2020. 

Additionally, C3RN served as a Cannabis Control Commission State Social Equity Training Vendor i​n 2019-2020, offering courses on various aspects of the cannabis industry hired by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. All work, data, and educational materials from C3RN were donated to form the Virtual Cannabis Center of Excellence in 2020. The CCOE studies are reviewed and approved by the UMass Dartmouth Institutional Review Board (IRB), except for those noted otherwise, ensuring ethical clearance for human subjects.

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