Executive Counsel LDAF
Tabitha Irvin is currently the Executive Counsel for the Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF). In this job, she serves as chief legal counsel by providing legal guidance to the commissioner of agriculture and forestry, drafting legislation for the department, testifying before legislative committees as needed and serving as the Ethics Liaison for LDAF.
In addition, Tabitha is the Director of the Medical Marijuana Program where she works with Louisiana State University and Southern University Agricultural Centers to regulate the extraction, processing and production of Medical Marijuana for the state of Louisiana. In that position, she often works with her counterparts in different states to keep up with this ever-changing, emerging industry.
She is also one of the founding members of Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA), a national organization of cannabis regulators. Tabitha worked with state legislators, the Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana State Fire Marshall and other state agencies for the program to ensure laws, rules and regulations for the state are being adhered to.Prior to becoming Executive Counsel at LDAF, Tabitha worked at the Louisiana State Senate as the staff Attorney for the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee. She served in that position for seven years. Throughout her tenure, she drafted legislation and worked directly with state Senators and House of Representatives.Tabitha received her JD from Southern University Law Center where she was a member of the Moot Court Board. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.