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SEATTLE–()–International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP is pleased to announce that Sativa Rasmussen has joined the Firm’s Seattle office as a lawyer in the Cannabis Practice Group.

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).

Ms. Rasmussen serves as the Chair-Elect for the Cannabis Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association, which she founded in 2016.

She received a J.D. degree from Seattle University School of Law and has B.A. degrees from Washington State University in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Ms. Rasmussen joins Dorsey from Lane Powell.

Dorsey is a recognized leader for providing services to the legal cannabis industry and was one of the first AMLAW 100 law firms providing services to the industry. We have worked with investors, lenders, grow companies, manufacturers, processors, retailers and companies providing ancillary services. Dorsey has Cannabis Practice Group attorneys located in the major hubs of the industry including: Denver, Seattle, California, New York and Toronto. We monitor regulatory changes in the cannabis industry and advise our clients on their businesses and investments.

“We’re excited to have Sativa join Dorsey in our Seattle office,” said Chris Barry, Co-Chair of the Cannabis Practice Group. “She is an industry leader, and her diverse experience and deep understanding of the legal and regulatory landscapes will play a critical role in continuing to grow Dorsey’s Cannabis Practice Group.”

“I am very pleased to be joining Dorsey and its great team of cannabis and emerging companies lawyers,” noted Ms. Rasmussen. “It is a great firm, and the depth and breadth of the Dorsey platform will allow me to provide a comprehensive array of services to my clients.”

About Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Clients have relied on Dorsey since 1912 as a valued business partner. With locations across the United States and in Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, Dorsey provides an integrated, proactive approach to its clients’ legal and business needs. Dorsey represents a number of the world’s most successful companies from a wide range of industries, including leaders in banking & financial institutions, development & infrastructure, energy & natural resources, food, beverage & agribusiness, healthcare and technology, as well as major non-profit and government entities.

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