Law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP has announced that Sativa Rasmussen has been elected Chair of the Washington State Bar Association Cannabis Law Section.

Ms. Rasmussen will serve a two-year position beginning October 1, 2020. She previously served as the Chair-Elect for the Cannabis Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association, which she founded in 2016.

Ms. Rasmussen counsels cannabis businesses from startups to established market leaders on a wide range of corporate and regulatory needs. She advises clients on entity formation and structuring, financings, and acquiring and disposing of businesses. She has extensive experience tracking and navigating the complex and constantly evolving matrix of federal, state and local regulations related to both marijuana and hemp, and frequently speaks on these topics both domestically and internationally.

Her practice focuses on assisting cannabis businesses at every level of the supply chain to identify, understand, and comply with applicable regulatory requirements related to the cultivation, processing, manufacturing, and distribution of cannabis. This includes analyzing risks associated with transporting hemp interstate and internationally, understanding best practices for the manufacture, labeling, and distribution of hemp products, and counseling clients on developing policies and regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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