Personnel note: Taylor Ferguson named government affairs director at Parallel

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Ferguson comes to Parallel with nearly a decade of experience in Florida government.

One of the top medical cannabis companies in Florida has hired Taylor Ferguson as its state government and regulatory affairs director.

Ferguson comes to Parallel with nearly a decade of experience in Florida government. He was a senior legislative aide to former Senate Appropriations Chair Rob Bradley and former Rep. Jake Raburn. He also served as campaign manager to Sen. Ed Hooper in the 2018 election cycle.

Earlier in his career, Ferguson worked as the communications coordinator for the Foundation for Excellence in Education. He is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, where he earned a degree in political communications.

Most recently, he was a partner at a consulting firm he co-founded to help connect state and local governments to third-party PPE and testing providers to help mitigate fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parallel is one of the largest privately held, vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis companies in the world. and operates retail dispensaries in four medical and adult-use markets: Florida, Texas, Massachusetts and Nevada. Its Florida brand is Surterra Wellness.

Parallel operates about 50 locations nationwide, including 42 retail stores and cultivation and manufacturing sites.

The company, through its wholly owned Parallel Biosciences subsidiary, conducts advanced cannabis science and R&D for new product development in its facilities in Texas, Massachusetts, Florida and Budapest, Hungary.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


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