Heather Burke

Heather is a Partner with Origin Group Law, where her practice focuses on legal issues affecting Northern California cultivators. She recently co-founded the OG Law and Collaboration Center in Nevada City, California, a community collaboration center designed to support cannabis farmers throughout Northern California.

Graduating from Humboldt State University in 2005, Heather has consistently set new legal precedent in California cannabis law. She was instrumental in the seminal California cannabis case, People v. Jovan Jackson, which established the rule that large-scale collectives/cooperatives may operate lawfully in California. She also co-drafted a proposed initiative for California cannabis legalization (2016), entitled The California Craft Cannabis Initiative, and drafted the legal pleadings that resulted in a five-day evidentiary hearing regarding cannabis’ Schedule I status in U.S. v. Pickard in the Eastern District of California (federal court).

She was awarded NORML’s John Mark Flowers Scholar in 2015, and was named one of Skunk Magazine’s Women of Weed for 2015. The Nevada County Cannabis Cup named her “Attorney of the Year” in 2017 and, most recently, Heather was recently featured in MG Retailer’s article, “30 Powerful Cannabis Attorneys You Should Know.”

In addition to her vibrant law practice in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Heather is a regular speaker and panelist at cannabis conferences throughout California. She pens a popular blog about legal issues affecting cannabis growers.


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