Herb Wesson Meeting - Updates on the Social Equity Program

Posted by Olivia Hartman on September 22, 2020

[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.

L.A. Cannabis Commission Update: 7/30/2020

Posted by Raza Lawrence on August 3, 2020

L.A. Cannabis Commission Set To Clarify PCN Process

Posted by Olivia Hartman on July 29, 2020

On Thursday, July 30th, at 2:00 pm, the Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission

Department of Cannabis Regulation will be conducting a Special Meeting via Teleconference to continue the discussion on L.A. cannabis licensing updates. At the last City Council meeting, changes were made to the ordinance relating to the retail licensing process, the Social Equity Program, and moving licenses around the City. The details of those changes were reported on by our staff - check them out here. Some of the decisions that were made in the last meeting were found to be confusing by Los Angeles civilians - specifically in regards to the details of the revised Social Equity Program and Round 2 Licensing process, who will be able to participate in the Round 2 lottery, and how and when Round 1 applicants who secured properties in anticipation of a license will be able to get licensed. Some of these issues may be clarified after the meeting on Thursday.

DCR Amended Ordinance Summary - July 1, 2020 City Council Meeting

Posted by Allison Margolin on July 14, 2020


 

New Licensing Procedure for All License Types

● Phase 3 Round 2 for storefront retail licenses will be selected by a lottery opposed to the first come, first served selection process utilized during Phase 3 Round 1. Lottery winners will have a period of one year to find a business location in an area that has not met undue concentration.

L.A. revamps rules for cannabis licensing, hoping to redress harm from war on drugs

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on July 2, 2020

(Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)

Los Angeles is revamping its rules for handing out licenses to cannabis businesses, amid anger and disappointment over the tumultuous rollout of a program meant to address the damage done by criminalizing marijuana.

Cannabis Recommendations June 2020

Posted by Raza Lawrence on June 23, 2020


 

On June 16, 2020, the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation sent proposed ordinance amendments to the Los Angeles City Council regarding the licensing process for commercial cannabis businesses.  Many of these changes will be well received by the industry, but some of the DCR’s new recommendations would create additional problems for the cannabis industry in the City, and could have negative side effects exceeding any benefits.  These recommendations are based on our many years of experience representing clients in the cannabis industry and advocating for cannabis policy reform.

DCR Transmits Reports for Immediate Council Consideration

Posted by Allison Margolin on June 23, 2020


 

It is the Department’s position that immediate and comprehensive amendments are necessary for a more responsible and equitable Licensing and Social Equity Program. The Department of Cannabis Regulation is seeking to improve the administration of the City’s commercial cannabis Licensing and Social Equity Program through a proposed comprehensive reorganization and revision to Article 4, Chapter X of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (Cannabis Procedures Ordinance).

Budding In: The Law’s Intrusion on Branding inthe Cannabis Industry

Posted by Allison Margolin on June 22, 2020


By Allison B. Margolin, Raza Lawrence, and Xochilt Gama
Margolin & Lawrence
 
©2020. Published in Landslide , Vol. 12, No. 5, May/June 2020, by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association or the copyright holder.

On The Right to Get High

Posted by Allison Margolin on June 10, 2020


By Allison B. Margolin, Esq (Margolin & Lawrence)
Harvard Law School / Class of 2002
 

This paper argues that the criminalization of drugs, via the criteria the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] uses to put drugs into different schedules, is illegitimate on scientific and philosophical grounds. The most contemporary developments in the study of drug use and drug addiction, undermine the legitimacy of the FDA scheme (as embodied in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970); these developments suggest that addiction to a drug is a result, not a cause, of the psychological difficulties a person may be experiencing while using the drug(s).

Surviving the Virtual World and Real-Life Problems of Law Office Management after COVID-19

Posted by Allison Margolin on June 9, 2020

June 5, 2020

By Allison B. Margolin, Esq (Margolin & Lawrence)

with family law background supplied by my mom, ELYSE MARGOLIN, Esq. Founding Partner, Levin & Margolin.

 

Oh, wow, it is a strange time. It has been all year. Rough is an understatement. Like many, I share the seemingly oil-and-vinegar sentiments of being grateful and being frustrated. I’m grateful that I’m alive, that I’m working at all, and that I can work from home. Yet natural human social inclinations are being unnaturally inhibited.

Federal Emergency Rules Regarding COVID-19 (Federal Inmate Release)

Posted by Raza Lawrence on April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020

 

Two inmates at San Pedro’s Terminal Island federal prison have died of coronavirus, with 33 positive cases at the prison as of yesterday. Nationwide, 22 federal inmates have died od coronavirus. All federal inmates displaying signs of COVID-19 are being placed in isolation.

As Coronavirus Spreads Through Prisons, States Are Failing Incarcerated People

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on April 20, 2020

April 18, 2020

On April 6, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order allowing “medically vulnerable” incarcerated people to be temporarily released on medical furlough for the duration of the state’s disaster proclamation. Furloughs are typically temporary releases from prison, usually for no more than 14 days. Pritzker’s executive order extends the order indefinitely during the pandemic; it is unclear whether people will be expected to return to prison once the pandemic is past.

Los Angeles Prosecutors Discussed Loopholes In Coronavirus Zero-Bail Policy (Coronavirus)

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on April 18, 2020

April 16, 2020: Los Angeles, CA

California and LA County lowered bail to $0 for several offenses to keep people out of jail during the pandemic. But internal emails show prosecutors discussing ways to apply the old bail amount in certain cases.

Cannabis Remains Open for Business as the Rest of the World Shuts Down

Posted by Raza Lawrence on March 24, 2020

March 23, 2020: Los Angeles

In much of California, cannabis businesses are allowed to continue on with their normal operations, despite Governor Newsom’s order to residents last week ( https://covid19.ca.gov/img/Executive-Order-N-33-20.pdf)  to stay home due to the Coronavirus.  Only businesses deemed “essential” are allowed to stay open, and notably, cannabis businesses have been included in this category by state and local officials.
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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.