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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L.A. CANNABIS UPDATE: WHO CAN APPLY FOR A LICENSE RIGHT NOW?
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L.A. CANNABIS UPDATE: WHO CAN APPLY FOR A LICENSE RIGHT NOW?

While Jeff Sessions made his announcement last week that he was repealing the Cole Memo, Los Angeles opened their online portal for recreational cannabis applications. The conflict of law continues, but many operators in Los Angeles just want to know – “when can I get my license!?” Currently, only cannabis retailers who qualify for Measure M Priority Processing are eligible…

ASK A CANNABIS TRADEMARK LAWYER: HOW DO I APPLY FOR A STATE TRADEMARK?
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ASK A CANNABIS TRADEMARK LAWYER: HOW DO I APPLY FOR A STATE TRADEMARK?

As of January 1st, 2018, the long wait is over: cannabis business owners can apply for California state trademarks. The application form can be obtained here: http://bpd.cdn.sos.ca.gov/ts/forms/tm-100.pdf. Because cannabis is still federally illegal and cannabis products themselves cannot be trademarked, this is a viable avenue for many California cannabis brands that will protect your business marks within the state. You can read…

ASK AN LA CANNABIS ATTORNEY: DO I NEED A CANNABIS WATER PERMIT?
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ASK AN LA CANNABIS ATTORNEY: DO I NEED A CANNABIS WATER PERMIT?

The complex cannabis regulations that have been rolled out by local and state governments across California means that as a cannabis operator you will be working with a number of different regulatory agencies. The rules for many of the cannabis activities are promulgated by different agencies – for example, the Bureau of Cannabis Control regulates retail, distribution and delivery in…

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