Anne’s clients benefit from her years of cutting-edge experience in this evolving industry. With an exceptional mind and a lifetime habit of exploring alternative ways of solving problems, she observes issues deeply rather than just looking at them with an immediate need. Her intellect and education enables her to question the status quo, a trait that has served her well throughout her life and career.
With the expanding, rapidly changing matrix of complex laws, rules, and policies in the legal cannabis industry, Anne believes that there is a need for dedicated corporate lawyers in the industry, who understand the ethical practice of cannabis laws. Since this area of law is still forming, many lawyers overlook the fact that cannabis law reflects twenty-three different areas of law. According to Anne, not every individual who practices business law in other industries can practice cannabis law. This is due to the fact that the industry is quickly evolving and hence it is difficult to keep up with the advancing regulations. If lawyers are not updated with all the information or changes, they could cost their clients the precious state license.
Anne views integrity and a customized approach as critical when it comes to being a cannabis lawyer. These traits helped her become a trusted legal tactician and a strategic business advisor to her clients, while vigilantly identifying potential risks and emerging opportunities. From day one, Anne educated, advised, and protected the financial interests of companies and investors as well as directing the pragmatic implementation of sound corporate governance, compliance, development, licensing, commercial viability, acquisition, and asset management. She believes that an important part of being a cannabis lawyer is providing foresight and comprehensive legal counseling. Anne considers all the angels and possible outcomes before making a decision or advising a client. This includes looking at the whole business and all of the potential risk factors for the owners. Such an approach is vital in this cutting edge of high-risk industry, therein lies the challenge and the reward.
Anne’s present practice focuses on the regulatory compliance, expansion, and exit strategies for domestic and trans-national cannabis and hemp companies and providing legal counsel to national and international non-cannabis businesses seeking entry to the cannabis space. As a successful regulatory and corporate cannabis lawyer and trusted business advisor, Anne views each client’s needs through a commercial lens in this quickly expanding global supply chain. To highlight some of the potential dangers built-in to the legalized cannabis industry, Anne is currently writing a much anticipated memoir on the early days of legal cannabis, which will be published before the end of 2021.