Malina Dumas provides experienced legal counsel to businesses, tribes, and municipalities on the complex and constantly-evolving regulations and laws that impact marijuana and hemp/CBD markets nationwide. Malina was first introduced to this emerging field through her work with tribal nations that were exploring business opportunities in these markets.
Malina’s deep experience includes advising clients on many aspects of the business cycle, from quickly and efficiently obtaining marijuana establishment licenses from state and municipal authorities to compliance with ever-evolving ordinances, regulations and statutes. She thrives on the challenge to maintain current knowledge on the patchwork of local, state and federal ordinances, laws, and regulations in order to make sure her clients remain fully compliant.
Malina is also a recognized thought leader in the space; she launched and manages the successful Drummond Woodsum Cannabis Law website and blog. Malina was recognized as one of Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” in Native American Law for her notable work, as well as named by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Cannabis Law.
Prior to Drummond Woodsum, Malina participated in the Tulalip Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic, where she represented tribal members that had been charged with criminal offenses. Malina also served as a summer clerk at the Navajo Nation Department of Justice in Window Rock, Arizona.
In her free time, Malina nurtures her love of music by singing and playing classical violin (she recently took up playing a 5-string electric violin as well). A former Fulbright Scholar and international development professional, Malina has a keen interest in foreign languages and studied in Russia and other European countries in her early 20s through various academic programs. Malina is also committed to using her talents to serve her local community; she volunteers for LearningWorks and mentors Mitchell Institute scholars.