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.

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. He joined M&L in 2014 and founded the San Francisco office in 2015. Tom has successfully won felony criminal trials and case dismissals at 1538.5, Preliminary, 995, post-indictment, and post-conviction hearings.

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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SAN FRANCISCO CANNABIS LICENSING & EQUITY PROGRAM
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SAN FRANCISCO CANNABIS LICENSING & EQUITY PROGRAM

San Francisco’s Golden Gates have opened for those interested in running their cannabis business in the City and County of San Francisco. Although the San Francisco Office of Cannabis is currently accepting applications, not everyone is welcomed to apply just yet. Currently, the San Francisco Office of Cannabis is accepting applications only for applicants who are applying through the Equity Program…

ADDITIONAL STATE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS AND PERMITS
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ADDITIONAL STATE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS AND PERMITS

Getting a commercial cannabis license in California is complicated enough when coordinating your proposed business activities with a variety of government agencies. Depending on what activity (or activities) your business plans to conduct, every commercial cannabis license will ultimately be processed by one of three state agencies: the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the California Department of Food and Agriculture…

"As long as I have any choice in the matter, I shall live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance and equality of all citizens before the law prevail."

- Albert Einstein
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