Margolin and Lawrence

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Your Cannabusiness Legal Team

With offices in Beverly Hills and San Francisco, Margolin & Lawrence is California’s leading cannabis law firm. Founded by partners Allison Margolin and J. Raza Lawrence in 2009, our firm has helped hundreds of operators navigate the ever-changing landscape of cannabis business and regulatory law. Our attorneys are alumni of the top law schools and law firms in the country, and have the legal acumen and depth of expertise required to advise you on all aspects of the regulatory process to secure your business’s future.

Higher Education

Check out the first episode in our Higher Education animated series and learn what it takes to get your cannabusiness licensed in California.

AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS

Allison Margolin & Raza Lawrence

Our partners are Harvard Law graduates with over twenty years combined experience representing and advising cannabis businesses and individuals at the local, state, and federal levels. They have been awarded the rank of Super Lawyer and Super Lawyer Rising Star many times, and have consistently proven over the past decade to be the most effective cannabis attorneys in Los Angeles.

Allison Margolin

A founding partner of Margolin & Lawrence, Allison Margolin was one of the very first attorneys to specialize in cannabis, and is recognized nationwide as a thought leader in cannabis licensing and law.

Raza Lawrence

A founding partner of Margolin & Lawrence, J. Raza Lawrence is widely recognized as a leader in cannabis law. He brings a background in civil liberties protection to a practice that focuses on business licensing and law.

Lauren Estevez

Lauren joins M&L with a background in start ups, business, and strategy. Previously she grew, managed and scaled a tech & life sciences practice at Axiom, and worked at Linklaters. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Tom McMahon

Tom McMahon

Attorney

Tom graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013 and was associated at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton where he focused on intellectual property. Tom joined M&L in 2015 and has successfully completed four criminal trials.

Andrew Koussevitzky

Andrew Koussevitzky is an associate at Margolin & Lawrence and a member of the California, New York, and Florida State Bars. He is graduate of St. Thomas School of Law and earned his B.S. at Nova Southeastern University with a degree in Legal Studies and American History.

Patrick Brooks

Patrick was born and raised in Modesto, California, the son of a criminal defense attorney who used to be a Sheriff Captain and a legal secretary who came to this country from Mexico when she was a child.

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CANNABIS COMPLIANCE: OPERATING LEGALLY IN CALIFORNIA IN 2018
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CANNABIS COMPLIANCE: OPERATING LEGALLY IN CALIFORNIA IN 2018

California’s transition into a regulated market has many operators wondering what the universe of compliance looks like and where they fit into the process. In order to operate legally in California after January 1, 2018, you need both a local authorization and a state license. Temporary licenses from the state of California are sufficient to continue operating, though you will…

MASSACHUSETTS OPENS RECREATIONAL CANNABIS LICENSING
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MASSACHUSETTS OPENS RECREATIONAL CANNABIS LICENSING

On April 2nd, the Massachusetts Cannabis Commission opened its licensing application process for cannabis businesses, marking Massachusetts’ official entry into the legal cannabis industry. Despite the relatively strict criteria that applicants must meet in order to qualify for the first round of licensing, the Boston Globe reports that almost 200 prospective cannabis operators have started their applications within the first day of the system’s…

CULVER CITY STATUS UPDATE
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CULVER CITY STATUS UPDATE

Only a week is left until Culver City starts accepting applications for cannabis business permits – except storefront retail, which is scheduled to open by May. With delays in the City of LA’s application process, the City’s original slogan,”All Roads Lead to Culver City” is beginning to ring true for many cannabis businesses. Cannabis permit applications can be submitted starting…

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