As a licensing specialist for Vicente Sederberg LLP, Genevieve helps clients prepare applications and documentation for state and local licensing and permits, assists California and Colorado clients in understanding complex rules and regulations, and provides insight into operational best practices that meet regulatory requirements while maintaining efficiencies.
Genevieve joined Vicente Sederberg in 2015 and began supporting the development of the firm’s Colorado regulatory compliance practice shortly thereafter. Since that time, she has worked with a dynamic range of cannabis clients, worked on license applications in 6 different states and, out of a pool of 122 applicants, drafted the highest-scoring retail cannabis permit application for the City of Pasadena, California.
Just before the re-adoption of the California Emergency Cannabis Regulations in 2018, Genevieve’s primary focus became aiding California clients with transitioning into the regulated adult-use marketplace and navigating the rapidly changing regulatory environment. To further her understanding of the challenges of coming into compliance and gain hands-on operational experience, Genevieve worked directly for a premier infused products company in the City of Oakland for nearly a year. In this role, she provided direct oversight on the development of compliance documentation such as standard operating procedures, master manufacturing protocol, quality management systems, and robust training materials. During her time with the company, Genevieve became immersed in the nuances of cannabis manufacturing and gained an in-depth understanding of quality and testing protocols, supply chain issues and distribution management.
Genevieve is a graduate of West Chester University, where she concentrated her studies on public health and policy analysis. She has been an active advocate for responsible cannabis regulation since 2010, when she served as the president of her university’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter and volunteered with both the Drug Policy Alliance and the National Cannabis Industry Association. Genevieve’s passion for supporting the cannabis community is rooted in patient rights, and throughout her work, she remains committed to safe and consistent patient access.
- Co-author, "California Cannabis Businesses Preparedness Resources for Wildfires, Power Outages and Remote Audits," August 28, 2020
- Speaker, Vicente Sederberg LLP, "California Cannabis Packaging and Labeling Compliance,” Webinar, July 15, 2020