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Dr. Charles Desmond is a member of the MHTL Advisory Board, advising on matters in private, non-profit, public, and educational areas. Dr. Desmond has broad and extensive experience at the senior-most levels of government, higher education, philanthropy, and in non-governmental agencies. His leadership accomplishments range from chairing the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to initiating multi-layered corporate and philanthropic engagements in local, regional and national educational initiatives.  As a policy analyst and senior advocacy expert, Dr. Desmond has four decades of direct experience working at the local and national level and has developed an expansive knowledge of diverse sectors, including banking and financial services, life sciences, and equity and diversity matters in the academic and corporate sectors.

He brings a deep understanding of governance, leadership development and strategic focus from not only serving on for profit and non-governmental boards but also serving as an advisor to chief executive officers and executive management team members.

Among other decorations, Dr. Desmond was awarded the Silver Star medal and the Bronze Star Medal with “V” for valor while serving in Vietnam. A Fulbright Scholar, he received his bachelor’s degrees in Sociology from Northeastern University and his doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the recipient of three honorary doctoral degrees.

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MHTL Appoints Charles Desmond to Advisory Board

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles F. Desmond, CEO of Inversant and a senior fellow at the New England Board of Higher Education, has accepted an appointment to the MHTL Advisory Board.

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Hazy Guidance for Employers: Attorney General Sessions Issues Marijuana Enforcement Memorandum to Federal Prosecutors

On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jefferson Sessions issued a memorandum rescinding several Obama-era policies that discouraged federal prosecutors from pursuing marijuana possession and distribution cases in marijuana legalization states like Massachusetts. The Obama-era policies were backed by a Congressional budget rider that bars the Department of Justice from spending its money prosecuting state backed medical marijuana operations. The amendment will expire later this month, and it is unclear whether Congress will renew it given the Trump administration’s current priorities.

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