Former state public safety official to head pot company

Andrea Cabral had a long and successful career in Massachusetts law enforcement, serving stints as a county prosecutor and sheriff before getting appointed as the state’s top public safety official in 2012.

So you could be forgiven for not predicting this: she now runs a pot company.

Cabral is now chief executive of Ascend Cannabis, a startup that plans to open a retail shop in Boston and a growing facility in Athol.

And far from being an incongruous turn in her career, Cabral sees the new job as a natural extension of her efforts to reduce recidivism and keep communities safe from crime. In what would be an unprecedented move, her company plans to work directly with the Suffolk County Sheriff to hire people recently released

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