Online cannabis company Leafly Holdings has hired Kimberly Boler as its new general counsel. In her new role she will head up the company’s regulatory, legal and compliance function and be in charge of policy and government relations.
Seattle, Washington-based Leafly in August announced that it plans to go public with a Nasdaq listing through a business combination with special purpose acquisition company Merida Merger Corp I. At the time the company said it expects the transaction to close in the Q4 of 2021.
Boler’s recent work includes being vice president for corporate law at Patriarch Partners, partner with The Crone Law Group and of counsel with Sichenzia Ross Ference.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Boler was vice president, general counsel and secretary at Aria Energy earlier in her career and previous to that was assistant general counsel with American International Group for more than five years.
Leafly CEO Yoko Miyashita says in a statement: ‘As the former Leafly general counsel, I know firsthand that the cannabis industry requires a sharp eye for strategy and a deep understanding of how to translate a complex, ever-changing policy environment into opportunity. The depth and breadth of Kimberly’s legal experience working with consumer-facing businesses in highly regulated industries is the leadership needed to help us expand Leafly’s reputation as the most trusted marketplace in cannabis.’
Boler says in the announcement: ‘As Leafly enters the next era of growth, I am thrilled to bring my experience to the table as general counsel so that we can navigate a challenging regulatory environment to create opportunity for ourselves and the cannabis businesses that use Leafly every day.’