Kelsey Middleton is a regulatory specialist in Vicente Sederberg’s Los Angeles office, where she focuses on licensing and regulatory compliance. Kelsey is responsible for assisting a dynamic range of cannabis clients in obtaining state and local cannabis licenses, permits and approvals, and navigating the complex and rapidly evolving regulatory landscape of the cannabis industry. She routinely helps clients prepare the requisite applications and documentation for state and local licensing and permits, and facilitates communications with cannabis industry regulators to promote efficiency and compliance throughout the licensing process.
Prior to joining VS, Kelsey interned at the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation where she analyzed proposed cannabis legislation and approaches for enhancing the efficacy of cannabis social equity programs.
Kelsey obtained her Juris Doctor from the UCLA School of Law, where she was the Co-Founder and Co-President of the Cannabis Law Association, and External Relations Chair of the Black Law Students Association.
Leadership & Community Involvement
- Member, Minority Cannabis Business Association
- Co-author, "Your Voice Matters: Advocating for Equitable Cannabis Programs and Policies," August 5, 2020
Co-author, "Coronavirus and Cannabis: California Regulatory Updates," April 29, 2020
Author, "Coronavirus and Cannabis: Nevada Regulatory Updates," April 29, 2020
Co-author, "A Closer Look at California COVID-19 Relief Programs," April 22, 2020
Co-author, "Coronavirus and Cannabis: Illinois Regulatory Updates," March 28, 2020
Co-author, "Coronavirus and Cannabis: Washington Regulatory Updates," March 27, 2020
Author, "Coronavirus and Cannabis: Ohio Regulatory Updates," March 26, 2020
Co-author, "Coronavirus and Cannabis: Michigan Regulatory Updates," March 23, 2020
Co-author, "Committee Blog: Cannabis and Covid-19 – a Legal Perspective," National Cannabis Industry Association, May 21, 2020