Maren Schroeder, MBA, RP®, MnCP is a PACE Registered and Minnesota Certified paralegal and Qualified Rule 114 Neutral for Borgos Law, PLLC working in the areas of family law, criminal defense, debtor relief, and medical cannabis patient rights. She has a B.S. in Paralegal Studies and an M.B.A. in Legal Administration.
Maren began cannabis-related advocacy in the mid-2000’s when she began researching and writing on the topic of medical cannabis, inspired by her mother’s Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. In 2014, she began her formal advocacy working with the Minnesota Chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, where she was elected to the Board of Directors. In early 2015, Maren broke away from MN NORML and co-founded Sensible Minnesota where she previously held the positions of Treasurer (2015-2016) and Vice President (2016-2017). She currently serves as President, where she manages strategic oversight and is a spokesperson for the organization. In 2016, she successfully petitioned for the addition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to Minnesota’s Medical Cannabis program, and in 2017, worked with a team to petition the addition of Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Liver Disease, and Autism. Additionally, she works to build coalitions throughout Minnesota and the national cannabis industry, and has done interviews with journalists and written for publications both locally and nationally on Minnesota’s medical cannabis law and introduced adult-use legislation. Through Sensible Minnesota, Maren works with national organizations such as Marijuana Policy Project and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. As an authority on the topic, Maren enjoys speaking on medical cannabis, cannabis law, and harm reduction to both professional and community groups.
Maren is currently the Director of Position & Issues and NFPA Secondary Delegate for the Minnesota Paralegal Association and Association Management Co-Coordinator for the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. She has served in various leadership roles within the MPA and NFPA since 2012, including four years on MPA’s Board of Directors and two years leading NFPA’s Regulation Committee. Additionally, Maren served on the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Task Force on Alternative Legal Services Models which made recommendations on expanding legal services for underserved populations. Also active in the community, Maren chairs her city’s Planning & Zoning Commission, is a volunteer crisis advocate for victims of sexual assault, and is a volunteer family and school mediator.