Taylor Hartin is a senior associate at VS Strategies based in Oklahoma City. She specializes in high-level policy analysis and comprehensive, practical rulemaking, advising law firms and governments on federal, state, and local cannabis laws and regulations.
Prior to joining VSS, Taylor served as Director of Compliance and Enforcement at the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), where she oversaw compliance for the entire state industry and played an integral role in the agency's legislative and policy development processes. Taylor drafted bills, helped shepherd critical legislation through the Legislature, and contributed to the drafting of five sets of emergency and permanent rules, the last of which take effect in late 2022.
Taylor graduated cum laude from the University of Oklahoma and received her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she focused heavily on marijuana regulation and policy. She served as president of the DU law school chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and she was a contributing author to "Marijuana Politics: Uncovering the Troublesome History and Social Costs of Criminalization," a research book focused on the history of cannabis criminalization and its societal costs.
During and after law school, Taylor aided a national law firm in building out its cannabis practice and lobbying divisions. She then transitioned to Simplifya, a leading developer of regulatory compliance software for the cannabis industry, where she exhaustively reviewed state and local cannabis regulations in more than 15 states.
Taylor was drawn to cannabis policy through her commitment to criminal justice reform. Since law school, she has served as a volunteer advocate, working to educate the public on the negative societal consequences of the war on drugs and its role in funneling people into the criminal justice system.
In her free time, Taylor enjoys spending time with her husband and two little girls — almost as much as she enjoys watching OU Sooner football and skiing.