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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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Marijuana Use and Gun Ownership: What You Need to Know

Technically, if you own a firearm and use marijuana for recreational or medical purposes, you are in violation of federal…

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Challenges for Cannabis-Related Trademarks at the USPTO

It is no secret that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has taken a hardline stance when it…

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Calls Federal Pot Prohibition Policies Incoherent

Justice Clarence Thomas rarely speaks on the bench. When he does, people listen. This week, the Supreme Court rejected an…

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Paraphernalia and the PACT Act

The PACT Act has caused quite the stir in the cannabis and vaping community, but a vague reference to the…