I have the best job in the world.
Truth: A lot of lawyers hate what they do.
Also truth: I am the luckiest lawyer on earth because I love what I do and because I do things that most lawyers are afraid to do.
I get to help people achieve their dreams. Who would have ever thought that cannabis would be legal to use, grow, and sell? Now it is. At least in Maine. (Don't forget, though, that the federal government still hasn't got its act together, so cannabis is still illegal in its eyes. Here's an irony: Cannabis is legal in Washington D.C. Go figure.)
I help people set up their cannabis businesses, make sure they stay compliant, and legally protect themselves. It's exciting to be a part of this ground-breaking industry.
Of course, it's not all cannabis rainbows and unicorns. I also sue people who do my clients wrong and represent people who are being sued. I go to town planning board meetings to make sure my clients are being treated right. I represent my clients when the state tries to take away their licenses.
What I don't do: criminal defense work. If you get busted, I can refer you to a great defense lawyer. Of course, my goal is that you don't get busted because you follow my advice.
Though I was raised in Texas, Maine has been my home for over twenty years. I never want to live anywhere else. I earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in English from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. I earned my J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, where I now teach a Cannabis Law class. I have a grown son who thinks his mom is the bomb. I live in Portland.