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Barnes Caplan
Courtney Barnes

Courtney Barnes, Esq.

Founding Partner

Ms. Barnes specializes in advising clients on regulatory compliance and risk management in highly regulated and emerging industries. Courtney has extensive experience drafting and helping to implement state and local policy reform measures relating to the decriminalization of psychedelics and the establishment of cannabis regulatory regimes (inclusive of hemp and marijuana). Most notably, she assisted with the drafting and implementation of Denver’s social use ordinance, titled The Neighborhood Approved Cannabis Consumption Pilot Program Initiative (I-300) in 2016; the drafting of Denver’s Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative (I-301) in 2018;  the drafting of Texas House Bill 1325, establishing a state commercial hemp program in 2019; the drafting of the Oakland Community Healing Initiative, a local ordinance designed to regulate and protect facilitators and participants engaging in community-based healing ceremonies involving the use of entheogens in 2020; and the drafting of California Senate Bill 519, a bill that would decriminalize the possession and non-commercial use of psychedelics. In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Barnes serves as a policy advisor for Decriminalize Nature, General Counsel for the Society for Psychedelic Outreach, Reform, and Education (SPORE), and sits on the advisory board of Heroic Hearts Project, Inc.  She is currently licensed to practice law in Colorado and is in the process of obtaining licensure in California and Texas.

Nathalie Caplan

Nathalie Caplan, Esq.

Founding Partner

Nathalie Caplan specializes in general cannabis and hemp business representation, with a focus on regulatory compliance and strategic representation in administrative enforcement proceedings (e.g., license denial, suspension, discipline, etc.). Ms. Caplan is an experienced commercial cannabis business civil litigator as well as a passionate advocate and attorney-volunteer for a variety of criminal justice reform initiatives and constitutional law programs. At her previous firm, Nathalie participated in drafting numerous challenges in federal district court and the tenth circuit court of appeals. Ms. Caplan is thrilled to combine her passion for constitutional law and criminal justice reform in her representation of hemp and cannabis businesses.

Ben Lovell

Marketing / Legal Research Intern

Ben Lovell works as a legal tech consultant, specializing in legal marketing and litigation support services. He attends the Sturm College of Law and advocates for mental health and drug policy reform to ensure a future for the cannabis, psychedelics, and emerging therapies industries. Mr. Lovell volunteers his time as the website manager for the Heroic Hearts Project US and UK, which connects veterans suffering from PTSD with treatment options.

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