Emily   Burns


Phone: 410.209.6454
Fax: 410.209.6435
Mailing: 300 East Lombard Street ,
Suite 2010 , Baltimore , MD   21202
Linkedin: Emily Burns


Ms. Burns became passionate about pursuing a legal career in the cannabis industry while attending Vanderbilt Law School, as she had the opportunity to enroll in one of the nation's first Marijuana Law and Policy courses, taught by leading marijuana law and policy scholar, Professor Robert Mikos. Ms. Burns soon began assisting Professor Mikos with writing a first-of-its-kind casebook entitled Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority, acquiring in-depth knowledge of the various state regulations governing cannabis consumers, producers, and other third parties. In addition to having expert knowledge of the complex legal issues presented by conflicting federal-state marijuana laws, Ms. Burns is also involved in marijuana policy reform efforts at the federal level. By incorporating her knowledge of marijuana policy with her understanding of the legal and regulatory environment, Ms. Burns is able to anticipate and identify potential legal concerns ex-ante.

Ms. Burns has worked with a diverse range of individuals and entities in both the public and private sector, including financial institutions, federal policymakers, and state regulatory agencies. She has researched and written on a wide range of legal and policy issues related to legalization, ranging from the availability of intellectual property rights in the cannabis industry to employment law protections for cannabis consumers, and the First Amendment implications of marketing and advertising restrictions. Ms. Burns recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Law, focusing on the public health policy aspects of legalization.



Education & Admissions

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D. (Honors Scholar)
  • University of Maryland School of Law, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland, B.A. in Public Policy and minor in Political Science (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Maryland
  • Maryland Court of Appeals


"Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment Renewal"

On Friday, federal lawmakers will decide the fate of the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment (formerly known as Rohrabacher-Farr), which currently protects state…

"Frosh: Sessions decision on marijuana legalization ‘inhumane’"

Frosh: Sessions decision on marijuana legalization ‘inhumane’ Cannabis Attorney Emily Burns Quoted in the Baltimore Business Journal By Morgan Eichensehr…

"Federal Tax Law Compliance for Cannabis Businesses: Section 280E (Part 1 of 2)"

by Emily Burns (with research and support from Brad Bachman)   In 1961, the United States Supreme Court held that…