Blake earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2005), a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law (2010), an M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Global Environmental Policy from American University School of International Service (2010), and an LL.M. in Environmental Law from the George Washington University Law School (2011), where he was a Randolph C. Shaw Graduate Environmental Fellow. While in law school, Blake served as the Senior Note and Comment Editor of the International Law Review and as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Development Law & Policy. Blake received the Dean’s Award for Professional Responsibility for exemplifying proficiency in skills and the highest ethical standards of the profession for his work in American University Washington College of Law’s nationally recognized General Practice Clinic.
Blake was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 2010 and his legal experience includes transactional real estate, consumer protection litigation, environmental law, and municipal law. In his capacity as associate town counsel for seven towns throughout the Commonwealth, Blake has written and edited zoning and general bylaws, advised boards of selectmen on medical marijuana dispensary regulation by the Department of Public Health, worked with planning boards and zoning boards of appeal, and represented municipalities before the Massachusetts courts and administrative regulatory agencies. As a former Conservation Commissioner for the Town of Holliston, Blake was one of the local regulators charged with enforcing both the state’s Wetlands Protection Act and the town’s wetlands bylaw. Blake brings his legal and local skills to every interaction with state and local officials, which, when coupled with affability and honesty, helps to make him a different kind of lawyer.
Blake also serves as Chief Counsel of Squared Holdings LLC, which is pursuing licensure from the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program, a state registry program within the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Blake knows cannabis and knows the law.
- Representing over 110 Massachusetts cannabis businesses on local permitting, state licensing, and regulatory compliance matters.
- Representing multiple Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers
- Founded two Massachusetts cannabis businesses nearing licensure
- Chief Counsel of Squared Holdings LLC, which is pursuing medical marijuana licensure in Michigan and New Jersey
- Frequent advocacy before the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission
- Obtain Massachusetts’ first Host Community Agreement without a property under contract to provide a lower barrier of entry to Economic Empowerment
- Priority Certificateholders and Social Equity Training Program Participants
- Consummated the acquisition of three provisional licenses for adult-use cultivation, manufacturing, and retail operations.
- 2010 J.D., American University-Washington College of Law
- 2010 M.A. in International Affairs, Global Environmental Policy, American University-School of International Service
- 2011 LL.M. in Environmental Law, The George Washington University Law School
- 2005 B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sociology
- Boston Bar Association – Advisory Board Member, Cannabis Industry Group
- National Cannabis Industry Association – Member
- Elevate Northeast – Founding Member
- Social Equity Training Program Instructor teaching Municipal and Host Community Agreement Processes
Industry Recognition & Awards
- Super Lawyers Rising Star 2019 – Cannabis Law