Marijuana Legalization about to take off in NY, NJ, and AZ

Posted by Olivia Hartman on January 13, 2021

By Olivia Hartman | Policy Analyst (Margolin & Lawrence)

A green wave spread across the U.S. following the excitement from the 2020 election. South Dakota, Montana, Arizona, and New Jersey all legalized the recreational use of marijuana;

U.S. Senate runoffs in Georgia: Stakes are HIGH…even for cannabis standards

Posted by Olivia Hartman on January 5, 2021

By Olivia Hartman | Policy Analyst, Allison Margolin Esq. (Margolin & Lawrence)

Two of Georgia’s Senate seats are up for grabs as a result of the non-conclusive results from the 2020 election. Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are both on the Jan. 5 ballot (Tuesday) in runoff elections because neither got enough votes Nov. 3 to win outright. The outcome, however, will not only result in partisan control of the U.S. Senate but it will be extremely telling for the trajectory of cannabis.

LA DA George Gascon Should be Applauded, and Go Further by Declining to Prosecute Drug Sales

Posted by Raza Lawrence on December 30, 2020

By Raza Lawrence Esq. (Margolin & Lawrence)

New Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon has drawn a lot of attention for his progressive new policies that are a sharp break from what most of us are used to hearing from traditionally law-and-order, lock-‘em-up prosecutors. 

Los Angeles is open for cannabis business

Posted by Raza Lawrence on December 27, 2020

By Raza Lawrence Esq. (Margolin & Lawrence)

Los Angeles is open for cannabis business – a land of opportunity in these uncertain times.

The MORE Act is More Justice!

Posted by Raza Lawrence on December 20, 2020

By Raza Lawrence Esq. (Margolin & Lawrence)

The cannabis industry reached a significant milestone on December 4, 2020, when for the first time ever, the House of Representatives passed a bill to end federal cannabis prohibition.

Psychedelic Pharma Tripping out the Finance World

Posted by Allison Margolin on December 17, 2020

By Allison Margolin Esq., Gohar Tahmizian, Zachary Tucker (Margolin & Lawrence)

Psychedelic companies going public on the Nasdaq stock trading market are getting increased attention from investors burgeoning into its own financial sector. Due to greater government decriminalization and positive mainstream attention, companies in the psychedelic sector have begun expanding their research on psychedelic, or hallucinogenic, drugs. So far, the results seem not only to be positive, but also potentially profitable.

Cannabis wins the 2020 election

Posted by Raza Lawrence on November 13, 2020

By Raza Lawrence Esq. (Margolin & Lawrence)

Despite all the negativity this year involving politics, COVID-19, and police brutality, 2020 is shaping up to be a bombshell year for cannabis businesses and consumers in America.

Cannabis Businesses Seek Federal Reform, Despite Senate Setback

Posted by Allison Margolin on November 13, 2020

By Willis Jacobson (Weedweek)

Cannabis reform advocates had plenty to celebrate Tuesday night after a perfect run of success for state ballot measures. They were markedly less enthusiastic about the direction of the federal races.

Vote Yes on 17; Parolees Should Vote!

Posted by Rob Uriostegui on November 1, 2020

By Rob Uriostegui, Esq.  (Margolin & Lawrence Attorneys at Law)

Mistress the Safe Word is "Ballot:" California's Proposition 17 Keeps Society Safe for All

Prop 17 gives back the right vote to many, which is really mandated by democratic theory. With more voters, the chances of selecting the correct candidate is increased.

Vote Yes on 25 for Bail Reform: California's Prop 25 Ends the Innocent Poor Man's Dilemma

Posted by Rob Uriostegui on October 31, 2020

By Rob Uriostegui, Esq.  (Margolin & Lawrence Attorneys at Law)

California's Prop 25 Ends the Innocent Poor Man's Dilemma: Does He Plead Guilty Now to Get Out of Jail Sooner or Fight the Case but Stay Locked Up Until Vindicated?

Vote yes on Proposition 25 that ends cash bail. For years, prosecutors have used cash bail as a weapon against the accused to coerce an early plea deal. This interferes with the defendant's right to a fair trial, right to counsel, and other due process rights. This is wrong. Prop 25 ends this.

Barrett needs to go, and the Stimulus needs to come

Posted by Allison Margolin on October 26, 2020

By Allison Margolin and Jenna Rompel (Margolin & Lawrence Attorneys at Law)

The vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett is set to go ahead this evening. With a current vote of 51 to 48 with Republicans pulling ahead it appears Judge Barrett is set to be confirmed to take a seat on the Supreme Court.

DEA, USPS, and Miss America 2020 to reveal Drug Free USA Forever stamp

Posted by Allison Margolin on October 21, 2020

Just say no to the stamp “Drug Free USA Forever.” Apparently, someone thinks this is a good idea when there are so many more awesome stamps out there that should be highlighted and reissued like the 2002 Langston Hughes stamp or the 2003 Thurgood Marshall stamp.

Delivery, Distribution, Non-Volatile Manufacturing and Testing Lab Commercial Cannabis Activity Application Processing Opens Today 10/20/2020 (Forms)

Posted by Allison Margolin on October 20, 2020

Attached is the procedure and forms for the initial DCR Pre-Application review. After the pre-application review applicants will receive an invoice and have 10 days to pay in order to move forward in the licensing process.

Los Angeles faces lawsuit over marijuana delivery licenses

Posted by Allison Margolin on October 20, 2020

Los Angeles is Finally about to Start Accepting Applications for Cannabis Delivery, Distribution, and Manufacturing Licenses

Posted by Raza Lawrence on October 7, 2020

On October 5, the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation announced that it will begin accepting applications for commercial cannabis delivery, distribution, and manufacturing licenses on October 20.  Delivery licenses must be partially owned by a qualified Social Equity Applicant who meets the City’s standard that takes into account low-income status, having a prior cannabis arrest or conviction, and having lived for a minimum time period in one of the City’s police reporting districts that has historically had the most cannabis arrests. 

Herb Wesson Meeting - Updates on the Social Equity Program

Posted by Olivia Hartman on September 22, 2020


Last week (9/13/2020), Herb Wesson held a Zoom meeting to discuss the trajectory of L.A.’s social equity program. Margolin & Lawrence Partner, Raza Lawrence, was in attendance and discusses critical points that were brought up in the meeting.

[VIDEO] Q&A with Raza: Shareholder Agreements and LA's Licensing Process

Posted by Raza Lawrence on September 6, 2020


Looking to enter the Los Angeles cannabis industry? Listen to a short Q&A session between partner at Margolin & Lawrence, Raza Lawrence, and policy analyst, Olivia Hartman on the importance of shareholder agreements when entering a business partnership. Raza discusses everything you need to know about L.A.'s social equity program, the types of disputes that are resolved or avoided altogether by shareholder agreements, and how L.A.'s Department of Cannabis Regulation ordinance updates affect equity shares within a company structure.

Water, Power, Action

Posted by Raza Lawrence on August 28, 2020

When starting a cannabis business in California, don’t forget about water and power.  Almost every business needs these utilities in order to operate, but they are especially important for cannabis cultivation, which can require large amounts of them.  Many license applicants hope to get started with their business quickly, but then are faced with the realities of delays of months or even years while working to set up their access to adequate water and power.  Accordingly, it’s important to plan ahead, and to consult with attorneys or other professionals to anticipate and overcome any obstacles.

New LA Amendments Bring PCN Districts Back to the Original 6

Posted by Raza Lawrence on August 5, 2020

On July 30, the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation presented a report to the City’s Cannabis Regulation Commission, outlining the next step in the City’s cannabis licensing program and some of the changes to the cannabis licensing laws that were passed by the City Council and signed by Eric Garcetti last month.

California is Sick and Tired of the Feds

Posted by Raza Lawrence on August 3, 2020

Through its commercial cannabis licensing system, the State of California stands diametrically opposed to the federal government, which criminalizes all production and sales of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. Under the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution, federal law is the “supreme Law of the Land,” and thus takes priority over any conflicting state law. Accordingly, ever since California first legalized medical marijuana in 1996, it has had to watch out for the Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors, who have always been looming in the background, ready to possibly criminally prosecute, imprison, and seize the assets of anyone involved in the cannabis industry.


This blog is not intended as legal advice and should not be taken as such. The possession, use, and/or sale of marijuana is illegal under federal law.