Upcoming Events

Panel | Next gen innovations in marketing your cannabusiness

LOCATION: Main Space

DATE: August 27, 2017

TIME: 10:30 am – 11:30 am

  • Towards brand recognition: how can you establish a new cannabis brand in a competitive market
  • Branding strategies for recreational versus medical markets
  • Lessons in branding from other industries
  • Achieving monetization through marketing tech
  • Next gen marketing and advertising opportunities: identifying marketing channels and maximizing your marketing budget


Attorneys Allison Margolin & Raza Lawrence present at Marijuana Law and Practice 101 (CA) CLE – June 2, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA

cannabis event 

For those attorneys who want to expand their practice and serve clients in this area, or those who already do and need to know about the impact of recent changes in cannabis law, this program will help you navigate the industry and the legal ramifications of Prop 64 and MCRSA.


June 2, 2017
                     9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (optional ticketed networking lunch)


Check in: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

The DoubleTree Downtown Los Angeles

120 South Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Parking:  Discounted $15 valet and $10 self park at hotel.

Enter through valet/main entrance on Los Angeles Street.

(Be sure to arrive at least ten minutes before start time if you want to make sure you have a good seat and to deal with any parking issues)


For those attorneys who want to expand their practice and serve clients in this area, or those who already do and need to know about the impact of recent changes in cannabis law, this program will help you navigate the industry and the legal ramifications of Prop 64 and MCRSA.


What should you know about advising clients in the marijuana industry? What are the issues your clients, and you, face?


You will learn about the impact and regulations related to California’s new legalization of marijuana (Prop 64). You’ll find out about how Prop 64 intersects with the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (known as MCRSA) and how that affects both individuals and businesses.


We’ll discuss the various issues you need to look out for when representing clients in this industry, including topics such as:


  • setting up marijuana dispensaries and their regulation
  • the approval process
  • what about product liability exposure?
  • mitigating risks/identifying potential litigation issues in cannabis business transactions under MCRSA/AUMA
  • cannabis licensing issues under MMRSA or AUMA
  • ethical traps
  • cannabis financial and banking issues
  • home growers – what do they need to know
  • potential political and legal issues
  • history of legislation in CA regarding marijuana
  • criminal exposure
  • tax issues
  • case law overview
  • California Law from the enactment of the CA Compassionate Use Act of 1996 through where we are today as it pertains to the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation
  • Prop 215/SB 420/case law as background
  • Licensing issues under MMRSA or AUMA
  • Types of Clients attorneys are likely to see in the Industry
  • Permitting
  • Licensing
  • Ethics
  • Criminal Exposure
  • McIntosh Case
  • What will happen under Trump
  • State v. Federal Law
  • Criminal Exposure
  • Department of Justice Rules – Funds on enforcement?
  • Defenses available in Federal Court

(on your own)

  • Federal Concerns for Cities
  • State Concerns for Cities
  • Setting up a dispensary
  • Local / City application processes
  • Local taxation of Cannabis
  • Issues you may encounter walking your clients through the business and license permitting process
  • Medical Marijuana Permits v. General Marijuana Sales permits (non-medical)
  • Will there be a difference in the permitting process/permits required now that it is legal?
  • Will the medical marijuana shops be able to sell generally or do they need a new/different permit?
  • Will general shops need a medical permit?
  • Real property purchase & sale agreements;
  • Cannabis-intensive lease provisions;
  • Remedies for dealing with defaults
  • Challenges in maintaining cannabis banking accounts
  • DOJ policy issues for banks three years ago
  • Federal banking laws background and guidelines
  • Steps to be able to provide banking services to the CA marijuana industry
  • Is it even possible currently?
  • Due Diligence
  • Advice for clients
  • Representing dispensaries
  • Mitigating risks/identifying potential litigation issues in cannabis business transactions under MCRSA/AUMA
  • Products liability
  • Agricultural crops
  • Insurance Consideration for Marijuana businesses

Past Events

Past Events

Allison is presenting at a CLE to other lawyers on 4/20 about the new cannabis regulations in California. Hosted by the Westside Bar Association. Free & open to the public.

Learn all the latest on California cannabis law. Complimentary event open to the public + 2 MCLE credits!


The presentation will include perspectives from all corners of California marijuana law, including:

(1) The financial complexities of marijuana law.
(2) The Los Angeles District Attorney’s stance on marijuana.
(3) Administrative aspects of operating a dispensary.
(4) Tests for intoxication and their evidentiary impact.

– Jonathan Garza Esq., LA City Attorney’s Office Prosecutor
– Sahar Ayinehsazian Esq., PayQuick
– Allison Margolin Esq., Margolin & Lawrence
– Alexa Steinberg Esq., Manzuri Law

This event is open to the public. However, it is a professional event and we expect all in attendance to act accordingly. As such, intoxicants are strictly forbidden during the seminar.

A reception will be held afterward for our members to mix and mingle. The event is worth 2 MCLE credits for all attorneys who participate in the full seminar.

Please RSVP by either (a) joining the Westside Bar Association Facebook Page or (b) joining the Westside Bar Association mailing list via www.WestsideBarAssociation.com.

 — with  Allison Margolin, Jonathan Garza, Alexa Steinberg, and Sahar Ayinehsazian.

In honor of 420 and the release of the new MCRSA draft regulations, we are hosting an open house next week.

Email us today to schedule a consult on MMJ law with our experts – one day only – Thurs. 4/13


One day only. In honor of 420, Margolin & Lawrence is offering a legal consult on federal, state, and city/county law with one of our attorneys.

Learn what the law actually is from attorneys familiar with the regulatory and criminal issues at play in Marijuana Law.

Email our office to schedule and buy your ticket: Margolin.lawrence@gmail.com

Bring all of your MMJ questions:

  • How and when will the new state regulations go into effect?
  • What is in the MCRSA draft regulations?
  • How do I apply for a City/County permit?
  • What is the current Federal Law on marijuana?
  • Is Marijuana legal in California?
  • How do I apply for a permit to open a marijuana dispensary?
  • What does Pre-ICO mean and does it still apply under Measure M?
  • Do I need to be a medical patient to grow marijuana?

*Special sale in celebration of the holiday.