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Contact: Richard Shain, Maridose LLC
Phone: 617-791-1932

(Boca Raton, FL April 16, 2019) Maridose LLC, a biotechnology startup that has applied to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to grow cannabis for research, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ambassador Ned L. Siegel, (Ret.) to its Board of Directors.  A former U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, he brings more than 30 years of business and government experience to Maridose.

“We are honored to add Ambassador Ned L. Siegel to our board,” said Richard Shain, CEO of Maridose. “We’re confident that Ambassador Siegel’s broad relationships and expertise will be invaluable to Maridose in its’ application for DEA approval. His involvement in cannabis research with numerous organizations in Israel allows for potential collaborations to advance knowledge within the cannabis industry here in the United States. Ambassador Siegel’s expertise is invaluable towards achieving Maridose’s goal of providing standardized cannabis to researchers throughout the United States while conducting and supporting research into this amazing plant.”

Ambassador Siegel has a distinguished record of public service.   Appointed by then President George W. Bush, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas from October 2007 to January 2009.  Following his tenure, in May of 2009, Ambassador Siegel was presented with the United States Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award  acknowledging his strong support of the United States Coast Guard and his tireless advocacy of the U.S. Coast Guard’s key partnerships with the Royal Bahamian Defense Force, Royal Bahamian Police Force and the Bahamas Air and Sea Rescue Association, combating the threats of illegal drug trafficking and seizure of cocaine and marijuana throughout the Bahamian islands.  Prior to his ambassadorship, he was also appointed by President Bush to serve two presidential appointments:  in 2006, he served under Ambassador John R. Bolton at the United Nations in New York, as the Senior Advisor to the U.S. Mission and as the United States representative to the 61st Session of the United Nations General Assembly and  from 2003-2007, he served on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

With over 30 years of entrepreneurial success in the private sector, Ambassador Siegel is the president of The Siegel Group, a multi-disciplined international business management advisory and consulting firm he founded in 1997 in Boca Raton, Florida.  The Siegel Group specializes in real estate development, energy, utilities, infrastructure, financial services, oil & gas and cyber & secure technology.  Amb. Siegel has extensive experience in private equity investments in Israel, bringing together people, businesses and governments in collaboration to connect the right partners and innovative solutions.

“The need for valid clinical research into cannabis cannot be overstated. Maridose’s ability to grow and provide  standardized cannabis strains to government approved researchers fills an important need. With its hoped for DEA approval researchers, universities and corporations who have not previously conducted research due to marijuana’s federally illegal status can now conduct research with federally legal cannabis. I am committed to the company’s success  and look forward to working alongside the Maridose team to accomplish their goal of providing researchers with quality cannabis and supporting research initiatives throughout the United States.” commented Ambassador Siegel.

About Maridose LLC
Maridose LLC is a privately held Florida corporation based in Boca Raton, Florida. The company has applied to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to grow research grade cannabis for use by DEA registered researchers. The company has assembled an international team of experts in microbial biotechnology, standardized cultivation techniques and research design and development. Upon approval of the DEA application a cultivation and research facility will be located in the State of Maine.

For additional information contact: 617-791-1932



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