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.

M&L In the News

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LOS ANGELES CANNABIS REGULATIONS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PHASE 3 PROCESSING
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LOS ANGELES CANNABIS REGULATIONS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PHASE 3 PROCESSING

The Cannabis Regulations Commission met on March 5th and presented their recommendations to the City Attorney that would establish policies for processing phase 3 applications. Phase 3 would begin with a 60-day pre-vetting process of social equity applicants to verify Tier 1 or Tier 2 qualification. Verified Tier 1 or 2 applicants will then be eligible to move forward into the first…

MARCH REPORT: WHERE WE ARE WITH LOS ANGELES PHASE 3 LICENSING
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MARCH REPORT: WHERE WE ARE WITH LOS ANGELES PHASE 3 LICENSING

February 28th, 2019 “I’m frustrated.” These two words were expressed throughout last week’s city council meeting on the current state of cannabis affairs in the city of Los Angeles. Business owners, hopeful entrepreneurs, private citizens and council members reverberated this sentiment from the city’s long delayed licensing process and yet to be fulfilled promise of a social equity program. The…

CA CANNABIS RETAIL UPDATE
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CA CANNABIS RETAIL UPDATE

Contra Costa County On February 14th, Contra Costa officially issued a Request For Proposal form for new cannabis businesses, including storefront retailers. The number of retailer licenses (with or without delivery operations) will be capped at four. The county’s deadline for letters of intent is April 4th, while full proposals will be due (by request only) on June 27th. Additionally, the county…

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