Tara J. Hopper,General Counsel, Garden Remedies –
Hopper brings to GRI, 15 years of government and human services experience, and will enhance the
company’s presence on Beacon Hill and help keep the company informed on all of the complex statutes
and regulations in the Cannabis and Marijuana industry. Hopper is licensed to practice law in
Massachusetts and Florida, as well as a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) who focuses on the
benefits of Cannabis for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Hopper comes to GRI with significant legal
experience in the cannabis industry and enjoys implementing the various regulatory components that
are manifesting legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts.
Hopper previously worked as General Counsel for the Association of Developmental Disabilities
Providers, Inc. (ADDP) in Massachusetts, and at Florida’s Protection & Advocacy (P&A) system, where
she was the director of public policy and a mental health advocate who advocated for adequate funding
for necessary supports and services within the Florida legislature. She later became Chief of Staff to a
Florida State Senator who chaired the Committee on Children and Families, as well as serving on the
Select Committee for Medicaid Reform, Judiciary and Ways & Means.
After earning her Juris Doctorate (JD) in South Florida, Hopper received her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in
health law and public policy from Seton Hall University School of Law. Within the LL.M. program,
Hopper focused strongly on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) law regarding food, pharmaceutical
drugs and medical devices. She also put a strong emphasis on the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA) and how a company must obtain compliance with HIPAA.
Hopper’s knowledge and experience in Cannabis law, FDA law, HIPAA, mental health advocacy and
government and regulatory compliance will be utilized to continue all of the great mechanisms that are
in place at GRI.