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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.

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.

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CALIFORNIA HEMP & CBD UPDATE
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CALIFORNIA HEMP & CBD UPDATE

This article is a companion post to our prior update on CBD’s federal legal status. California Continues to Restrict CBD The California Department of Public Health has made it clear that CBD is not allowed in food products within California: the Department of Public Health issued a memo in July 2018 confirming that CBD products are not allowed in any food products in the…

FEDERAL HEMP & CBD UPDATE – WHAT’S LEGAL AND WHAT’S NOT?
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FEDERAL HEMP & CBD UPDATE – WHAT’S LEGAL AND WHAT’S NOT?

CBD products are everywhere – including tinctures, creams, gummies, pills, and drinks. But is it legal to buy, sell, and produce them?  The answer may depend on where you are. In the December 2018 Farm Bill, the federal government removed CBD (and industrial hemp and all cannabis derivatives with less than 0.3% THC) from the Controlled Substances Act altogether.  But…

NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY CANNABIS UPDATE
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NORTH SAN DIEGO COUNTY CANNABIS UPDATE

While most of the attention on cannabis business in San Diego County has focused on the area in and around the City of San Diego, there are also a few jurisdictions in the northern half of the county with open cannabis license applications. Here’s a breakdown of the licensing application processes in the cities of Vista and Oceanside. City of Vista  …

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