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DENVER – Michelle Bodian has joined the Hemp Beverage Alliance as general counsel.

“Michelle and Vicente LLP were early supporters of the Hemp Beverage Alliance and have been instrumental in getting us where we are today,” said Christopher Lackner, founder and president, Hemp Beverage Alliance. “We are thrilled to officially add her to our leadership team and look forward to working together to grow the Alliance and the industry.”


Ms. Bodian serves as a partner in Vicente LLP’s Boston and New York offices, where she is co-chair of the firm’s Hemp and Cannabinoids Department and is a leading member of the firm’s cannabis licensing and regulatory compliance efforts in Connecticut and New York. In addition, Michelle leads the firm’s Environment, Health & Safety practice group.

“I’ve had the pleasure of watching the Alliance grow into a powerhouse industry leader,” said Bodian. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to help advance the hemp beverage industry in a responsible, inclusive, and compliant manner.”

Founded in 2023, the Hemp Beverage Alliance is an association of over 140 brands, distributors, supply chain partners, professional service providers, associations and retailers, all working together to create a hemp beverage marketplace that is safe, transparent, and provides consumers with the highest quality products.

The Hemp Beverage Alliance will be at the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association Access Live trade show January 30 – February 1 in Las Vegas.


The mission of the Hemp Beverage Alliance is to create a safe and thriving industry through education, advocacy, best practices and partnership. We achieve this mission by providing consumers, retailers, and distributors with the information they need to better understand the industry; developing best practices to create consistency in labeling and manufacturing; working with elected officials and regulators to encourage common-sense regulation; and collaborating with cannabis and alcohol industries to create a marketplace that benefits everyone. More at hempbeveragealliance.org.

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