Rachel K. Gillette


Rachel Gillette focuses her practice on marijuana/cannabis business licensing and regulatory compliance, business law and transactions, contract drafting and review, tax litigation, corporate formation, and tax matters, including audit representation. She has vast experience in representation of cannabis and hemp businesses, having represented state and locally licensed marijuana and hemp businesses in Colorado since 2010.

Ms. Gillette also regularly represents clients before the IRS’s Examinations, Appeals, and Collections Divisions, including marijuana businesses facing the challenges of IRS adjustments under 280E. She has successfully protested local, state and federal tax deficiencies in behalf of her clients, having prevented hundreds of thousands of dollars in incorrectly assessed taxes, interest, and penalties. She can assist individual and business taxpayers in 280E proposed assessments, offers in compromise, audit examinations, innocent spouse claims, sales, use, and employment tax matters, trust fund tax penalty assessments, penalty abatement’s, and levy releases.

Ms. Gillette received her Juris Doctorate from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut, where she served as Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac University Probate Law Journal. During law school, she interned with the New Haven Public Defender’s office, where she developed her commitment to advocacy for those facing the many challenges of the criminal justice system.

Through her current work with cannabis and hemp businesses in a highly regulated industry, Ms. Gillette remains committed to ending the prohibition of cannabis at the national level and ensuring state licensed and legal marijuana businesses are fairly taxed and regulated.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Tax Court

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut


  • J.D., Quinnipiac University, 2007
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2004
    • Certificate in Peace & Conflict Studies

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Colorado NORML, Board Member and Former Executive Director
  • NORML, Legal Committee, Member
  • Women Grow, Founding Member
  • National Cannabis Bar Association, Board of Director
  • National Cannabis Industry Association, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Boulder County Bar Association, Member

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Services to Businesses Involved in Marijuana,” AICPA National Tax Conference, November 7, 2017
  • Speaker, “High on Loss Prevention: Representing Clients in the Marijuana Industry,” Aon Law Firm Symposium, October 18, 2017
  • Speaker, “North Meet South: Integrating Northern California Cultivation into the Southern California Market,” Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo Los Angeles, September 14, 2017
  • Speaker, “Silicon Valley Meets Bob Marley: The Right Way To Do Drugs,” The Economist Canada Summit, September 7, 2017
  • Speaker, “Challenges of Representing A Client In An IRS Audit,” NORML Aspen Legal Seminar, June 1, 2017
  • Speaker, “Suing the regulators. Can you? Should You?,” National Cannabis Industry Association Cannabis Business Summit & Expo, June 13, 2017
  • Speaker, “Conflicts and Cannabis,” The Florida Bar’s Annual Convention, June 21, 2017
  • Speaker, Marijuana Big Thinker Talks On The Hill, May 3, 2017
  • Speaker, “IP in the Cannabis Industry,” Greenspoon Marder Denver Cannabis Workshop, April 6, 2017
  • Speaker, “Navigating the Regulatory, Compliance and Tax Landscape” Institutional Capital & Cannabis Conference, March 27, 2017
  • Speaker, “Marijuana, the Law, and Banking,” South Florida Banking Institute, March 15, 2017
  • Speaker, “Cannabis Legalization and the Waterfall Effect: How One State’s Failures Impact The Next,” National Law Journal Webcast, February 16, 2017
  • Speaker, “What You Need to Know About Compliance & Regulation,” Women Grow Leadership Summit, February 3, 2017
  • Speaker, “Banking in the Marijuana Business and Tax Matters” Colorado Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee CLE Cannabis Symposium, February 2, 2017
  • Speaker, “The Domino Effect of Cannabis Legalization,” High Times Summit, January 19, 2017
  • Speaker, “Live Twitter Chat on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Actions Tied To Marijuana Rescheduling and Research,” Marijuana Business Daily, August 25, 2017


  • Complex magazine, “15 of the Most Powerful Women In the Weed Industry,” 2017
  • 5280 magazine, “Top Lawyer,” Marijuana Law, 2015-2017
  • NORML, “Distinguished Counsel’s Circle,” 2016
  • Sensi magazine, Named One of 24  “Cannabis Pioneers,” May 2016
  • Cannabis Business Executive, Listed in 100 Most Influential People in the Cannabis Industry, 2014
  • Cannabis Business Awards, “MVP,” 2014-2015


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