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After nearly 10 years advocating for marijuana reform, I watched history being made in 2012 as Colorado passed the landmark Amendment 64 to legalize adult-use marijuana.  2012 was a landmark year for another reason - it's the year I became licensed to practice law.


After honing my craft representing clients in Florida for a few years, I moved to Colorado to dedicate my career to working with entrepreneurs, business owners, investors, and anyone else connected to the cannabis industry to get sound legal counsel and education on how to operate successfully and continue pushing this industry forward.  In 2021, I obtained licensure in New Jersey as well, to bring our cannabis law experience and subject matter expertise to the Northeast.

As a small business owner, I’m not immune to the frustrations and struggles you’re facing each and every day.  To operate my cannabis-focused law practice, I, too, have to jump through hoops and come up against red tape when it comes to marketing and operating. 

As a result, I’ve learned that I cannot depend on search engines and ads; instead I strive to provide top-notch service to my clients, who in turn send referrals my way. I’m here to guide you through the process, educate you about your options, and help you achieve your goals.

The cannabis industry is nuanced. There truly is no one-size-fits-all approach. Every business has a unique set of parameters affecting their situation, and deserves legal advice specific to its position.

I love that every business I counsel moves this industry another step forward.

Together, we are changing the course of history.



  • Florida Bar Association, 2012-present

  • Colorado Bar Association, 2015-present

    • Cannabis Law Committee, 2016-2019

    • Cannabis Law Section, 2019-present

      • Chair, 2021

    • Colorado W.O.L.F. (woman owned law firm) 2018-present

  • Denver Bar Association, 2015-present

  • New Jersey State Bar Association, 2021-present

    • Cannabis Law Committee, 2021-present

  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws 

     (NORML) Legal Committee, 2016-present

  • National Cannabis Industry Association, 2018-present

  • International Cannabis Bar Association, 2018-present



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(303) 586-5020



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Rachael Z. Ardanuy - America's Top 50 Lawyer - Cannabis Law - Colorado

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