Shoshanna’s background in cannabis began on the advocacy and civil liberties side, lobbying for groups such as the ACLU and providing research and analysis for the state on issues such as arrests in schools and prisoner re-entry. She has sat on the boards of reproductive justice organizations, on a Juvenile Review Board employing a Balanced and Restorative Approach to Justice, and on legislative bodies such as sentencing task forces and oversight committees charged with implementing criminal justice reform measures. Shoshanna’s direct service experience draws on years spent providing home hospice care and teaching yoga and self-care to at-risk youth and professionals in the human services fields.

Shoshanna holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College, a Master of Arts in Holistic Thinking, and a Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law, where under a Leadership Fellowship she edited a multimedia Journal of Leadership and the Law. In addition to overseeing communications for Elon’s National Lawyers Guild chapter and founding a statewide coalition of law school affiliates for the NLG, Shoshanna facilitated dialogues in the City of Greensboro, North Carolina as part of a community movement to implement the recommendations of the city’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (a model born in South Africa, the goals of which were to facilitate healing and reconciliation of a community devastated by racial violence, hate crimes and terrorism as late as 1979).

Shoshanna’s industry experience on the business side of the cannabis space began in 2015 when she moved from North Carolina to Nevada to work with the original team at Electrum Partners, overseeing government affairs throughout the ballot initiatives of 2016. Shoshanna was a core team member of CannaRegs in its early days and went on to provide business development services for companies and not-for-profit entities in and entering the cannabis industry (both plant-touching and ancillary), until joining Pistil + Stigma, a woman-owned and operated lobbying and consulting firm, as a partner, in 2018. 

Shoshanna has been a featured blogger on CuttingEdgeLaw.com and Ms. JD. She has twice been a guest lecturer for the New Paradigms in Law class offered at the Touro Law Center in Central Islip, New York, has lectured for Pepperdine University’s Department of Public Policy and most recently, for a Marijuana Law course offered at Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey. She was a contributing author to Lawyers as Changemakers: The Global Integrative Law Movement, published by the American Bar Association in 2016, she pens a monthly column in the consumer-facing cannabis magazine Elevate NV, and is a regular contributor to Conscious Company Media on the subject of “conscious” cannabis from a law, policy and business perspective . Visithttps://pistilandstigma.com/ to learn more.