Courtney Barnes is an associate attorney at Vicente Sederberg’s Denver office, where she is a member of the firm’s Hemp & Cannabinoids Practice Group and its Emerging Therapies & Entheogens Practice Group. 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 other plant-based products in the United States. Ms. Barnes specializes in complex legal analysis relating to the production, marketing, and sale of a variety of natural compounds and has extensive experience drafting and helping to implement state and local decriminalization and cannabis regulatory regimes (inclusive of hemp and marijuana) relating to various aspects of the industry. Most notably, she assisted with the drafting and implementation of Denver’s social use ordinance, the Neighborhood Approved Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program Initiative (I-300) in 2016, as well as with the drafting of Denver’s Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative (I-301) in 2018.
In 2019, Ms. Barnes participated in the drafting of Part I 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.