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.

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 he was a child.

Jennie Stepanian

Jennie Stepanian is a trial attorney who has practiced criminal defense since 2013. She recently worked for the County of Humboldt and is dedicated to working with migrant families detained at the Mexico/Texas border.

M&L In the News

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CALIFORNIA JURISDICTIONS OPEN FOR CANNABIS RETAIL
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CALIFORNIA JURISDICTIONS OPEN FOR CANNABIS RETAIL

Despite all the talk about cannabis retail in the news, it can be difficult to tell exactly when and where it’s possible for businesses to apply for a cannabis retail license. Here are a few jurisdictions where applications for cannabis retail are either currently open or planned to open in the near future. Riverside County Per the county planning department, Riverside is planning to give…

CONTRA COSTA CANNABIS UPDATE
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CONTRA COSTA CANNABIS UPDATE

In November, a measure to tax and regulate cannabis businesses in Contra Costa County was approved by more than 72 percent of the county’s voters. Given that the election indicated overwhelming local approval for legal cannabis, the county has been moving toward finalizing its cannabis regulations, focusing on the county’s land use restrictions for cannabis businesses and its application process for potential cannabis operators.…

LESSONS FROM THE CAPE
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LESSONS FROM THE CAPE

By Allison Margolin with Erin Williams Last week, I travelled to Brewster, Massachusetts, a small town on Cape Cod, to speak to the city planning board about a client’s proposed cannabis cultivation license. The client’s proposal was the first of its kind in Brewster. Since Massachusetts legalized cannabis in 2016, so far there are only three recreational dispensaries in the…

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