David Brown

David Brown

Biography

David Brown is a biologist and attorney originally from New Orleans. While pursuing his
master’s degree in botany and environmental studies at Louisiana State University, he
helped launch the LSU chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and the
Cannabis Action Network of Louisiana (CANoLA). David then completed his JD at Vermont
Law School. While enrolled, he spent a semester in practice as a legal intern doing lobbying
and legal work on Capitol Hill for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). In 2004, David
returned to Louisiana to begin working at a small firm in Baton Rouge handling plaintiff
side environmental and criminal defense cases. From October 2009 until May 2013, David
served as an assistant prosecutor for the City of Baton Rouge. Beginning in 2013, David
shifted part of his practice to Washington state where he lives part time, co-owns a
Cannabis processing facility with his wife Leah and advocates for that state’s legal adult-use
Cannabis program. Shortly after arriving there, he became the Executive Director of the
outdoor grower’s association called the Washington Sungrower’s Industry Association or
W.S.I.A. He currently runs his own practice in both states, lobbies for therapeutic Cannabis,
serves as a consultant to the nascent industry through Coastal Cannabis Consulting and is
helping deliver substantive drug law reform in Louisiana through the organizations
Sensible Marijuana Policy for Louisiana or SMPL and as a certified speaker with LEAP or
Law Enforcement Action Partnership.

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