The hectic story of a cannabis lawyer – Anne van Leynseele
Anne van Leynseele grew up in Southern California with three brothers. An idyllic childhood made her bold and confident to explore all the world has to offer. His parents provided him with intellectual challenges which were exercised by his exceptional mind. She has always been encouraged to question the status quo, a trait that has served her well throughout her life and career.
To test her strength and independence, Anne launched her first career in the cut-throat entertainment industry in Los Angeles around 1986-91, then migrated to digital media in the Pacific Northwest, and then settled down. in Sydney, Australia. Throughout her diverse professional background, Anne has managed business transactions, business development of production and technology start-up entities, advised process efficiency, defined stronger corporate communication strategies for many. Fortune 100 companies and has done business management consulting.
After returning to the United States, her experiences led her to apply for law school. She enjoyed negotiating, drafting and executing contracts. So she seized the opportunity to work as a legal assistant at a large Seattle law firm that later became part of the world’s largest law firm, K&L Gates. The experience she gained from seeing what a day in the life of a lawyer looks like informed her daily experiences as she attended the evening program at Seattle University Law School.
While studying law, Anne compiled her practical knowledge and newly acquired legal skills into a paper titled “A Layman’s Guide to Breast Cancer” which enabled her to become a Washington DC Federal Lawyer-Advisor to the Administration. Obama. Upon returning to Washington state, Anne believed she would work as a health lawyer after spending four years in the federal administration.
But fate had other plans for her, when she encountered an article claiming that a federal agency had denied water rights to legal growers of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado. To get to the bottom of the problem, Anne did some research and found that this was federal intervention in issues delegated to states. She also found that in Washington, most attorneys practicing cannabis law were in fact DUI attorneys and criminal attorneys, who simply did not understand the complex and evolving regulations of the new commercial cannabis law; the cannabis trade was no longer criminal, it was now a commercial industry.
The new challenges excited her and to put an end to the struggle of many entrepreneurs, Anne entered the world of cannabis law to provide companies with sophisticated and dedicated corporate regulatory and legal services. Starting with her own firm known initially as NWMJ Law, later 7 Point Law, Anne served her clients with a holistic approach by providing comprehensive legal advice where she would look at the whole business and all the factors. potential risk to homeowners.
Today, through her company Gemba Growth, Anne provides her clients with cutting-edge expertise in this rapidly evolving industry. His current practice focuses on regulatory compliance, expansion, and exit strategies for national and transnational cannabis, CBD and hemp companies and provides legal advice to domestic and international non-cannabis companies seeking to enter. the space of cannabis. With nearly 7 years of experience, Anne is internationally known as a cannabis lawyer and hemp expert. To highlight some of the potential dangers inherent in the legalized cannabis industry, Anne is currently writing a highly anticipated brief on the early days of legal cannabis, which will be published before the end of 2021.