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Emily Burns

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Emily is a recognized expert on cannabis-related legal, regulatory, and policy issues, having worked with a wide range of individuals and entities in the public and private sector, including financial institutions, federal policymakers, state regulatory agencies, and licensed businesses. In addition to representing and advising cannabis businesses, Emily works as a legal consultant, providing assistance to legal, accounting, and financial professionals working with cannabis industry clients as well as clients seeking information on opportunities to enter the cannabis industry within the United States and abroad. She has particular expertise with respect to federal and state regulation of cannabis and industrial-hemp derived products containing non-psychoactive cannabidiol (“CBD”) following passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legislation.

Emily completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Law, focusing on the public health policy implications of Maryland’s medical marijuana program. She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was an Honors Scholar. Emily graduated, summa cum laude, from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and minor in Political Science.

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Co-author of “Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority,” by Professor Robert Mikos


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Emily's Blog Posts

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USPS Suggests PACT Act Compliance Exception for Mailing Hemp and CBD Products

Last month, I discussed my optimism regarding the mailability of vape products that are used for the consumption of hemp…

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FTC: Hemp-CBD Product Health Claims Must Be Scientifically Sound

Most cannabis business owners, by now, are familiar with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) actions regarding specific health claims…

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PACT Act Update: USPS Delays Ban on Mailing Vape Products

In a move that should encourage the cannabis industry, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is delaying the implementation of…

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The Right to Breathe: Fair Housing Act and Smoking Marijuana Indoors

As more states legalize cannabis, state and local governments have addressed the issue of smoke-free housing policies designed to curb…