Alana Hans-Cohen is a recently licensed attorney in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Washington State, and is currently awaiting admission to the Colorado and Illinois Bar. Alana is a self-proclaimed “cannabis nerd,” who focuses on cannabis law and policy, and how this new, highly regulated industry intersects business, real estate, government, and public policy. In 2016, Alana had a nascent interest in cannabis law and policy and wanted to pursue it further. Unable to find a cannabis law course at any law school in NYC, Alana wrote a proposal for one at her law school, which she advocated for, and has since been implemented. She was able to gain significant exposure to the cannabis industry during her years in law school through her work at the Cannabis Law Digest. Alana’s true passion lies in advocating for social equity in the cannabis industry, and her professional and personal philosophy includes giving back in ways that make a meaningful difference to the local and global communities to which she dedicates her practice. She is a firm believer in the idea of an equitable and diverse legal and regulated cannabis industry.