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.

Higher Education

Check out the first episode in our Higher Education animated series and learn what it takes to get your cannabusiness licensed in California.

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.

Lauren Estevez

Lauren joins M&L with a background in start ups, business, and strategy. Previously she grew, managed and scaled a tech & life sciences practice at Axiom, and worked at Linklaters. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Tom McMahon

Tom McMahon

Attorney

Tom graduated from Harvard Law School in 2013 and was associated at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton where he focused on intellectual property. Tom joined M&L in 2015 and has successfully completed four criminal trials.

Andrew Koussevitzky

Andrew Koussevitzky is an associate at Margolin & Lawrence and a member of the California, New York, and Florida State Bars. He is graduate of St. Thomas School of Law and earned his B.S. at Nova Southeastern University with a degree in Legal Studies and American History.

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 she was a child.

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[UPDATE] WHERE CAN I GET A DISTRIBUTION LICENSE IN CA?
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[UPDATE] WHERE CAN I GET A DISTRIBUTION LICENSE IN CA?

Back in September, we published a blog post titled “Where Can I Get a Distribution License in California.”Now that the ordinances for the majority of jurisdictions in California have been reviewed and somewhat solidified, Margolin and Lawrence presents an updated list on the viable locations for distribution licenses in California.   The cannabis distribution license allows the transportation of cannabis product…

MASSACHUSETTS CANNABIS UPDATE: STATE IMPOSES STRICT ENERGY LIMITS ON MARIJUANA CULTIVATORS
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MASSACHUSETTS CANNABIS UPDATE: STATE IMPOSES STRICT ENERGY LIMITS ON MARIJUANA CULTIVATORS

Compared to the farming of most other crops, commercial cannabis cultivation’s impact on the environment is minimal – except when it comes to power use. A large proportion of cannabis cultivation takes place on indoor grow sites, using man-made lighting arrays as a substitute for daylight. These setups and their accessories, including the fans and HVAC systems that prevent the plants…

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