Nadir Pearson’s SMART org works to remove stigmas that stall research, business development, and vibes at colleges nationwide


When Nadir Pearson was deciding what to dub Brown University’s first cannabis advocacy group, he wanted the name to speak for itself. That’s why the Clifton, New Jersey native started with the full acronym SMART, before deciding on “Student Marijuana Alliance for Research & Transparency” for each letter.

“I wanted a name that was gonna defeat the stigma as we say it,” Pearson says. So far the SMART alliance is living up to its name and its founder’s brilliant vision. As the org’s quarterback, Pearson remains focused on passing the…

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