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Rae Guyse: Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America

Excellence in the Legal Realm

In the vast and intricate tapestry of the legal world, certain individuals stand out for their expertise, passion, dedication, and the indelible mark they leave on their field. Rae Guyse, an Associate Attorney at Ritter Spencer Cheng PLLC, is one such luminary, recently shining even brighter with her recognition by the esteemed “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” award.

Celebrating Legal Brilliance

“Best Lawyers,” a name synonymous with excellence in the legal profession, has a storied tradition of spotlighting the crème de la crème of attorneys worldwide. Their “Ones to Watch” award is particularly special. It’s not just a nod to an attorney’s past achievements but a resounding affirmation of their potential to shape the future of law.

Delving into Rae’s Journey

Rae’s foray into the legal world, especially her focus on the cannabis and litigation practice groups, has been remarkable. In an industry rife with complexities, especially concerning the burgeoning sectors of hemp, cannabis, and alternative medicine, Rae has emerged as a beacon of knowledge and guidance.

Her academic laurels, crowned by her graduation with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 2020, set the stage for her professional journey. But her real-world prowess, from assisting a diverse clientele ranging from dispensaries to processors, truly sets her apart. Rae’s nuanced understanding of insurance programs and innovative approach to risk management challenges make her an invaluable asset to clients and the legal community.

A Glimpse into the Future

Recognition by “Best Lawyers” is more than just an accolade; it’s a testament to Rae’s unparalleled expertise and promising legal trajectory. As regulations and landscapes evolve, especially in the dynamic world of cannabis and hemp, Rae is poised to be at the forefront, guiding, influencing, and shaping its course.

The legal community and its observers have much to look forward to, with professionals like Rae Guyse leading the charge. Her recent recognition is a personal achievement and a celebration for the entire legal fraternity, heralding the bright future ahead.


Chelsie Spencer: A Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyer for 2023-2024

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A Legal Force in Cannabis

In the ever-changing world of cannabis law, it’s essential to have knowledgeable and forward-thinking experts. Chelsie Spencer is one such expert. Recently, she earned a spot on the prestigious “Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers” list for 2023-2024. Let’s explore what this award means and why Chelsie is a name you should know in the cannabis legal sphere.

Forbes’ Seal of Approval

Forbes Magazine has described Chelsie as the “rare friendly face amid a cutthroat CBD hurricane.” This speaks to her unique blend of expertise and approachability in the complex world of CBD law.

Versatility in Practice

Chelsie leads the cannabis practice at Ritter Spencer Cheng PLLC, representing a diverse clientele, from dispensaries to growers and beyond. Her work isn’t just about courtrooms; it’s about shaping businesses through licensing, regulatory compliance, and other critical operational aspects.

A Trademark Authority

Beyond cannabis, Chelsie is a seasoned trademark attorney. She has an impressive track record of securing federal trademarks and managing global trademark portfolios. This dual expertise makes her a valuable asset to clients in the cannabis industry and beyond.

Accolades and Recognition

Chelsie has received national recognition, including titles like Super Lawyer in Cannabis Practice by Thomson Reuters and the Client Champion award by Martindale-Hubbell. The “Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyer” accolade for 2023-2024 adds another layer of prestige to her already impressive resume.

Leadership and Policy Influence

Chelsie isn’t just about legal representation; she’s about shaping the industry. She serves in leadership roles in various cannabis-related organizations and has been instrumental in drafting legislation at both state and federal levels.

A Well-Deserved Honor

The “Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyer” award for 2023-2024 is more than just a title; it recognizes Chelsie Spencer’s comprehensive expertise and influence in the cannabis legal field. As the industry continues to evolve, experts like Chelsie will undoubtedly be at the forefront, guiding it towards a more regulated and prosperous future.

Chelsie Spencer: Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America

A Leader in the Legal Community

In American law’s vast and intricate landscape, it is crucial to recognize and celebrate the trailblazers who are making significant strides in their respective fields. One such legal expert is Chelsie Spencer, who has recently been honored to be included in the prestigious 2024 edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America. The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America award is awarded to attorneys for outstanding professional excellence in private practice. This accolade is a testament to Chelsie’s unwavering dedication, expertise, and contributions to the legal community, particularly in the cannabis and hemp industries.

Pioneering the CBD and Cannabis Legal Landscape

Chelsie’s reputation in the cannabis industry speaks for itself. Forbes Magazine’s portrayal of her as a “trusted ally amidst the tumultuous CBD (cannabidiol) storms” captures the essence of her role in this rapidly evolving industry. Leading the cannabis practice at Ritter Spencer Cheng PLLC, Chelsie’s clientele spans a broad spectrum, from local dispensaries to national manufacturers.  She is deeply involved in transactional aspects, focusing on licensing, regulatory compliance, and other business intricacies. Furthermore, she is a recognized voice in the industry, frequently sharing insights and forecasts at national symposiums.

Beyond Cannabis: Trademark Mastery

While Chelsie’s achievements in the cannabis sector are noteworthy, her expertise doesn’t end there. She’s also a formidable force in the world of trademarks. With a track record of securing federal trademarks and managing global trademark strategies, she’s carved a niche in this domain. Her work involves not just the registration of trademarks but also navigating the complex waters of transactional challenges, making her services invaluable to businesses across various sectors.

A Tapestry of Achievements and Recognitions

The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America honor is a milestone in Chelsie’s career, but it’s just one of many. She’s previously been spotlighted as a Super Lawyer in the Cannabis practice by Thomson Reuters and has clinched the Client Champion honor from Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, her leadership roles, notably as the President of the Texas Hemp Legal Fund and Vice President of the Texas Cannabis Council’s Board of Directors, speaks to her commitment to the industry and her desire to shape its future.

In law, where change is the only constant, professionals like Chelsie Spencer are invaluable. They don’t just adapt to change; they drive it. Her recognition as one of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America is not just a personal achievement; it’s an affirmation of her contributions to the broader legal community. As the legal landscape continues to evolve, with new challenges and opportunities emerging, it’s heartening to know that experts like Chelsie are at the forefront, guiding, influencing, and shaping its future.



Everything You Need to Know About The Cannabis Regulators Association

As the cannabis industry continues to experience an influx of financial opportunities, scientific studies, and legislative changes, states are coming together to share institutional knowledge and regulatory best practices. In November 2020, cannabis regulators from various states formed the Cannabis Regulators Association to provide federal lawmakers and administrative agencies with the resources needed to regulate cannabis. Since then, the national organization has made strides in cannabis-based education nationwide. Read below to learn more about the Association and how it benefits the cannabis industry. 

DSHS Moves to Ban White Labeling of Smokable Hemp Products in Texas

On June 24, 2022, the Texas Supreme Court upheld Health and Safety Code, Section 443.204 (4), which prohibits the processing and manufacturing of consumable hemp products for smoking in Texas. However, the Court upheld our challenge to the state’s retail and distribution rule, meaning that the retail sale and distribution of consumable hemp products for smoking remains legal in the state. Read on to learn more about the latest update on Texas’ Consumable Hemp Program from the Texas Department of State Health Services (“DSHS”) and how it will impact the Texas hemp industry.

Texas Compassionate Use Program: DPS Now Accepting Applications for Dispensing Organization Licenses

In 2015, the Texas Legislature enacted the Texas Compassionate Use Act, Senate Bill 339. Under TCUP’s regulatory regime, the Texas Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) would create a secure registry for licensed physicians to prescribe low tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) to patients suffering from a limited list of medical conditions, including ALS and intractable epilepsy.

Since establishing the Texas Compassionate Use Program (“TCUP”), DPS has issued licenses to only three dispensing organizations to dispense low-THC cannabis to registered TCUP patients. Currently, only two are operational in the state of Texas. Recently, DPS’  Regulatory Services Division announced that department officials are now accepting new applications for dispensing organization licenses. Read below to learn more about the TCUP and the licensing application process. 

The Difference Between CBD and CBG

As one of the most popular and recognizable cannabinoids, cannabidiol (“CBD”) products garner a lot of attention in the markets where they are sold. However, the growing normalization of CBD products has brought attention to a similar product: cannabigerol (“CBG”). One of the major reasons CBG has gained so much interest is because of its similarities to CBD and its potential therapeutic benefits. Both cannabinoids bind the same receptors in the brain and share many beneficial properties. Yet, they have some unique qualities that merit attention.

Starting a Side Hustle as a Sole Proprietorship in Texas

A sole proprietorship is an entrepreneur’s simplest business structure in Texas. While there are benefits to consider in the strengthened protection of a limited liability company or a corporation, people starting “side-hustles” often begin with a sole proprietorship. This simple method allows the new business owner to dip their feet into the pool. Some–through inertia or strategy–may simply continue the structure as the business grows. 

The sole proprietorship initiation process lacks the layers of legal requirements standard in other business structures, but it does involve several steps that business owners should follow. A local law firm, like Ritter Spencer Cheng, can help new entrepreneurs successfully start a sole proprietorship in Texas. Read below to learn how to take the first step in your sole proprietorship. 

The Differences Between Marijuana Legalization and Marijuana Decriminalization

As marijuana laws change nationwide, buzzwords such as “legalization” and “decriminalization” arise in the national discourse. State and local governments debate legalization and decriminalization, which may lead to confusion in distinguishing the two terms. In the context of manufacturing and selling cannabis products, decriminalization and legalization have vastly different implications. Since states have different standards for the legality of marijuana, it is important to know the difference between decriminalization and legalization to avoid conflict and confusion when examining your state’s marijuana laws.

Southern Hostility: Southern States’ Stances on Marijuana

Northern and western regions of the U.S. have propelled the national marijuana reform movement in recent years. From the passing of the Rhode Island Cannabis Act to new developments by The New York Cannabis Control Board, northern states continue to lead recent charges in marijuana legalization.  But for a few exceptions, the Southern states continue to lag woefully behind. 

Southern states have displayed greater resistance to marijuana reform than their northern counterparts. But as the demand for cannabis legalization grows nationally, southern state legislators are taking small steps toward alleviating marijuana restrictions. Read on to explore the South’s stance on the legalization of marijuana state by state.