Margolin and Lawrence

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Your Cannabusiness Legal Team

We are California’s leading cannabis law firm. Our firm has helped hundreds of operators navigate the ever-changing landscape of cannabis business and regulatory law. We 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.

Margolin & Lawrence has successfully lobbied on behalf of its cannabis clients throughout California as well as in other states.

AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS

Allison Margolin & Raza Lawrence

Margolin & Lawrence, founded in 2009 by partners Allison Margolin and J. Raza Lawrence, has offices in Beverly Hills and San Francisco. Our attorneys are alumni of the top law schools and law firms in the country.

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.

Michael Levinsohn

Michael brings his experience from a long career in criminal defense to his practice at M&L, where he focuses on cannabis regulatory law and criminal defense.

M&L In the News

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OPPORTUNITY FOR POTENTIAL INVESTORS TO JOIN PENDING PHASE II LICENSES
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OPPORTUNITY FOR POTENTIAL INVESTORS TO JOIN PENDING PHASE II LICENSES

The Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation is preparing to open up Phase 3 of its commercial cannabis licensing program, which will issue 250 new storefront retail licenses to social equity applicants and their partners, as well as 60 new cannabis delivery licenses.  As the City rolls out this next phase focusing on new retail operations, the license holders from…

GOVERNOR RELEASES REVISED STATE BUDGET, STATUTORY CHANGES AFFECTING CANNABIS IN CALIFORNIA
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GOVERNOR RELEASES REVISED STATE BUDGET, STATUTORY CHANGES AFFECTING CANNABIS IN CALIFORNIA

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a revised state budget with several cannabis provisions, according to the budget summary.  The revised budget forecasts the state cannabis excise tax will generate $288 million in 2018-19 and $359 million in 2019-20, a reduction of $67 million and $156 million, respectively, from the original Governor’s Budget forecast. It states, “The forecast assumes continued growth of more than…

DELIVERY UPDATE: BAY AREA CITIES
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DELIVERY UPDATE: BAY AREA CITIES

Many jurisdictions across California allow cannabis to be sold at brick-and-mortar retail stores and dispensaries, while many either ban or severely restrict storefront sales. But what is the legal status of cannabis delivery businesses – operations that sell medical or adult-use cannabis to customers, but operate only on a delivery basis? As they present a unique category of cannabis activity, delivery-only businesses are…

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