Courtney Barnes

Associate Attorney

Denver

courtney@vicentesederberg.com

303-860-4501

455 Sherman St.
Suite 390
Denver, CO 80203

Colorado

J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law
B.A., summa cum laude, University of South Florida

Overview

Courtney Barnes is an associate attorney at Vicente Sederberg's Denver office, where she focuses on hemp law, policy, and regulatory compliance. In a constantly-evolving legal landscape, clients look to Courtney to help them navigate the complex regulations governing the production, manufacture, and distribution of hemp and hemp products in the United States.

Ms. Barnes has extensive experience drafting and helping to implement state and local cannabis regulatory regimes (inclusive of hemp and marijuana) relating to various aspects of the industry. She recently assisted with the drafting of the American Hemp Campaign’s 2018 Farm Bill Policy Guide and Model Hemp Production Plan, a publication supported by Vote Hemp, VS Strategies, Agricultural Hemp Solutions, the American Herbal Products Association, and the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. The Model Hemp Production Plan provides an outline of federal requirements and policy considerations applicable to State and Tribal regulation of hemp production and a model regulatory plan designed to assist policymakers in the development of regulatory regimes governing hemp production across the U.S. Courtney was also selected to participate as a stakeholder for the hemp transportation rulemaking working group with the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Since joining the firm as a law clerk in 2015, Courtney has assisted with merit licensing applications in California, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She previously interned with the National Cannabis Industry Association and has also worked for the Trichome Institute, a cannabis education company. While in law school, Courtney served as a board member for the University of Denver's Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter. Courtney received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications with a concentration in journalism.

Experience

Leadership & Community Involvement

  • Member, Hemp Transportation Working Group, Colorado Department of Agriculture CHAMP Initiative, 2019

  • Member, Cannabis Committee, American Herbal Products Association

  • Member, International Committee, American Herbal Products Association

  • Volunteer Attorney, Denver's Turn Over a New Leaf Program, 2019

  • Co-author, Denver Initiated Ordinance 301, Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative, 2019

  • Co-author, Denver Initiated Ordinance 300, Social Consumption Pilot Program, 2016

Publications

VS Insights

External Publications

Events

  • Speaker, Colorado State University Guest Lecture, "The Hemp Revolution: Science and History of Cannabis Sativa Production and Regulation,” Fort Collins, February 07, 2020
  • Speaker, Texas Hemp Convention , "Myth-Busting Legal & Practical Misconceptions About Hemp ,” Dallas, January 30, 2020
  • Speaker, DU Sturm College of Law - Guest Lecture, "Regulatory Landscape of Hemp and CBD,” Denver, January 21, 2020
  • Speaker, MJBizConINT'L, "American Market Outlook: Land of Opportunity for Hemp and Cannabis Ancillary Businesses,” Toronto, September 06, 2019
  • Speaker, Texas Marijuana Policy Conference, "Hemp in Texas: Issues in Implementation,” Austin, August 30, 2019
  • Speaker, Trailblazers Presents II, "Magic Mushrooms and other Psychedelics: The Next Great Legalization Debate,” Utah, August 18, 2019
  • Speaker, DU Sturm College of Law Marijuana Law & Policy Class, "Hemp Regulatory Environment,” Denver, January 14, 2019
  • Speaker, Cannabis Legal Group, "Social Use Webcast,” Denver, October 26, 2018
  • Speaker, Southern Hemp Expo, "Legal & Labeling,” Nashville, September 29, 2018
  • Speaker, DU Sturm College of Law Marijuana Law & Policy Class, "Social Use Policy Issues,” Denver, January 30, 2018
  • Speaker, INDO EXPO, "Future of Cannabis in Colorado Panel,” Denver, February 01, 2017

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