Natalie C. Diaz is an associate within the Cannabis, Hemp, and Psychedelics (“CHAP”) Practice Group at Mandelbaum Barrett PC. With a sharp understanding of the intricacies within the CHAP industries, Natalie guides both individuals and businesses through various legal matters including license acquisition, regulatory compliance, commercial real estate, and corporate transactions. Her dedication lies in providing robust legal representation while ensuring her clients possess a comprehensive understanding of their rights within these sectors.

Natalie earned her Juris Doctor from Widener University Delaware Law School, supported by scholarships from diverse bar associations. Before embarking on her legal studies, she was a legal assistant for three years where she accumulated valuable experience in employment law, personal injury cases, and administrative law. She also played a role in advocating for policy reforms benefiting college athletes.

Throughout her time in law school, Natalie undertook internships at the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the New Jersey Division of Law, where she worked alongside the Deputy Attorneys General. Her noteworthy contributions include providing legal aid to victims of domestic violence and individuals navigating special needs education law during the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Natalie is deeply committed to advocating for social justice and equality within the cannabis community. In her personal life, she devotes her time to volunteering, practicing yoga, engaging in fitness activities, exploring nature through hiking, traveling to experience diverse cultures, and supporting environmental preservation efforts.

Primerus 2024 Northeast Regional Meeting – “Cannabis Licensing 101”

New Jersey

Widener Delaware Law School, Wilmington, DE, Juris Doctor

Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Criminal Justice

U.S. Senators Reintroduce Proposed Legislation Seeking to End Federal Prohibition of Cannabis

May 20, 2024

On May 1, 2024, Senators Booker, Schumer, and Wyden reintroduced the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (“CAOA”). Natalie C. Diaz, Esq., explains how this legislation aims to end federal cannabis prohibition. Reflecting overwhelming public support, the bill addresses social justice, public health, and economic empowerment, marking a comprehensive approach to cannabis reform.

NYC Newsletter

May 17, 2024

the latest updates from Mandelbaum Barrett PC, straight from the vibrant streets of New York City. As we mark the midpoint of the year, our firm is excited to share significant milestones and achievements. From navigating complex legal landscapes to celebrating noteworthy victories, we're dedicated to delivering exceptional service to our clients. Join us on this journey as we reflect on our progress and look forward to what lies ahead.

Reclassifying Cannabis as Schedule III: Unpacking the Impact on Taxation, Medical Research, and Social Justice

May 6, 2024

On April 30, 2024, the Associated Press shared news of the DEA's proposal to reclassify cannabis. Natalie Diaz, Associate in the Cannabis, Hemp & Psychedelics Practice Group, cautiously welcomed the move, seeing potential for better medical research and social justice. Yet, she remained watchful, knowing there were still hurdles ahead in changing cannabis laws.

Breaking News: Albany County Supreme Court Invalidates New York State Cannabis Regulations

April 4, 2024

In a remarkable legal development, an Albany County Supreme Court judge has nullified all regulations for adult-use cannabis in New York State, challenging the foundational efforts of the NY Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). This decision, ruling the regulations as arbitrary and capricious, brings to light serious doubts regarding the proficiency and effectiveness of the state's cannabis regulatory framework. Originating from a lawsuit by Leafly Holdings, Stage One Dispensary, and a consumer dependent on Leafly for informed cannabis purchases, the judgement by Judge Kevin Bryant significantly impacts sections crucial for the governance of New York's adult-use cannabis market.