Margolin and Lawrence

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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.

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.

Tiffany Carrari

Tiffany brings the expertise of Margolin & Lawrence with her to California’s Central Coast. Her experience in corporate, real estate and business transaction along with trademark law makes Tiffany perfectly suited to represent the clients of this community.

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CITY COUNCIL ACTION UNANIMOUSLY PASSED TODAY
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CITY COUNCIL ACTION UNANIMOUSLY PASSED TODAY

The LA City Council held a meeting today to follow up on the April 1 meeting of the Budget Committee and approve the recommendations made on April 1.  After a good deal of discussion about the enforcement efforts against unlicensed dispensaries, the City Council approved all the recommendations with only minor revisions.  This means the licensing process can now move…

DCR PREPARES TO OPEN PHASE 3 APPLICATIONS
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DCR PREPARES TO OPEN PHASE 3 APPLICATIONS

AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD FOR LOS ANGELES CANNABIS LICENSING – DCR PREPARES TO OPEN PHASE 3 APPLICATIONS, STARTING WITH RETAIL FOR SOCIAL EQUITY APPLICANTS   Cannabis licensing has been on the lips of hundreds of interested Los Angeles retailers and users for months.  Important steps were taken to move the process forward at yesterday’s meeting of the Los Angeles Budget…

DCR’S NEW TOOL TO AID PROSPECTIVE PHASE 3 RETAIL APPLICANTS IN THEIR PROPERTY SEARCH & STATE TO ISSUE PROVISIONAL LICENSES TO QUALIFIED TEMPORARY LICENSE HOLDERS
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DCR’S NEW TOOL TO AID PROSPECTIVE PHASE 3 RETAIL APPLICANTS IN THEIR PROPERTY SEARCH & STATE TO ISSUE PROVISIONAL LICENSES TO QUALIFIED TEMPORARY LICENSE HOLDERS

DEPARTMENT OF CANNABIS REGULATION’S NEW INTERACTIVE MAP The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR), the governing agency regulating commercial cannabis activities for the City of Los Angeles, released a new interactive map this week which highlights the number of retail licenses available for applications in each of the 35 Community Plan Areas in the City. The map shows the maximum number of retail…

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