Marijuana Lawyers in California – And Who Should Hire Them

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

Since California legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, the number of users and of cannabis-related businesses has risen – increasing the need for cannabis-savvy lawyers. While marijuana use, sale, and cultivation are legal in California (though still illegal at the federal level), regulations surrounding cannabis businesses are continually being updated and can vary considerably at the county or city level. When it comes to personal cannabis use and cultivation, many of the current laws leave room for interpretation, making a lawyer’s help invaluable if you find yourself facing a charge.

USDA Unveils Guidelines For Federal Loans To Hemp Business

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on May 6, 2020

May 4, 2020

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released guidelines for processing federal loans for the hemp industry.

California Cannabis Equity Grants Program Provides $30 Million in Grant Funding for Local Jurisdictions

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020

 

Today, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), in partnership with the Bureau of Cannabis Control, announced $30 million in grant funding through the Cannabis Equity Grants Program for Local Jurisdictions.

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.

DCR Retail Store Front Application Process Explained

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on April 2, 2020

Hemp Businesses Eligible for Coronavirus Stimulus Package

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on April 1, 2020

March 31, 2020: Los Angeles, CA

State-legal hemp businesses will be allowed to access financial relief under the multi-million dollar federal coronavirus stimulus package approved last week.

Los Angeles Finishes Audit of Phase 3 Round 1 Processing (Cannabis Retail)

Posted by Jenna Rompel on April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020: Los Angeles, CA

The City of Los Angeles has completed its audit of Phase 3 Round 1 Storefront Retail Licensing. The city employed a third party to conduct the audit following concerns and accusations the Accela portal was accessed by some before the application period officially opened at 10am on September 3rd in 2019, giving them an unfair advantage in the “first come, first served” process.

Cannabis Retail Opportunities - Riverside, Imperial & Orange Counties

Posted by Jenna Rompel on March 26, 2020

Los Angeles, CA

Especially in this time of social distancing brought on by the coronavirus, cannabis delivery is more important than ever. And the ability to use 420 at home depends upon the vitality of the cannabis retail industry. Fortunately if you’re interested in operating a cannabis retail license and would like to make Riverside your hub, you’re in luck because there’s a lot of opportunity.

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.

You Can't Stop Cannabis: California Lockdown Means Marijuana Pitch Event Shines Online

Posted by Allison Margolin on March 24, 2020

March 23, 2020:  David E. Carpenter (Forbes Online)

So much for the worn-out idea that cannabis consumers are an idle lot. As millions of Californians wade into the second week of mass-lockdowns and unprecedented business closures, marijuana entrepreneurs are gearing up this week for an online pitch event that could see their businesses flourish.

What "Acts of God" Clauses Are In My Lease or Insurance? Coronavirus News

Posted by Raza Lawrence on March 20, 2020

March 19, 2020: Los Angeles, CA

Coronavirus talk has engulfed our society.  Most of us are holed up at home, with our daily patterns of life completely changed (for who knows how long).  With everything now different, what happens to our contracts and agreements we entered into before anyone had even heard of the Coronavirus?  If they are causing us financial distress or are no longer providing us any benefit, is there a way out, or are we stuck with them?  What are the options for a business struggling in these strange times?

What Martial Law Means to You amidst Coronavirus

Posted by Raza Lawrence on March 20, 2020

March 19, 2020: Los Angeles, CA

Due to the Coronavirus, cities across America have placed restrictions on their citizens and their ability to freely associate.  Many are under forced quarantines.  In Orange County, CA, all public and private gatherings outside a single household are now banned – including work.  San Francisco is under indefinite “lockdown” (joining Italy, France, Spain, and Belgium) – although cannabis dispensaries have been deemed “essential” and allowed to stay open.  Most schools have closed indefinitely.  Courts have shut down most of their operations.  Widespread looting has been reported, and there are long lines at gun stores.  Police departments are intentionally making fewer arrests.  Regular household products like toilet and milk are sold out at many stores.

PHASE 3 Audit Nearing End: LA Cannabis Retail Rollout About to Start

Posted by Raza Lawrence on March 6, 2020

March 5, 2020: Los Angeles, CA

On March 5, 2020, the City of Los Angeles Cannabis Regulation Commission held a special meeting at City Hall to provide an update on the City’s commercial cannabis licensing, and an opportunity for public comment and discussion of cannabis licensing issues among members of the Commission. The Cannabis Regulation Commission makes recommendations to the City Council about proposed changes to the City’s cannabis laws and regulations.

Expungement Clinic: Free Webinar by Experienced Harvard Attorneys at Margolin & Lawrence on March 14, 2020!

Posted by Allison Margolin on March 6, 2020

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Join Margolin & Lawrence Attorneys at Law for an in depth procedural analysis of how to get your criminal conviction expunged in California.  M&L will be broadcasting a free Live Webinar on March 14, 2020 from 11am - 12pm. Find more information on our website.  You can also enter your information to receive updates and reminders!

USDA drops DEA hemp testing requirement for 2020, while FDA acknowledges demand for CBD

Posted by Allison Margolin on March 2, 2020

Breaking News: 

Published February 26, 2020 | By Laura Drotleff

Federal agriculture officials will delay the requirement that all THC testing on hemp crops must be performed at laboratories registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Cannabis News: DCR Grants An Additional Pre-Licensing Inspection Extension To Phase 2 Applicants Without Temporary Approval

Posted by Allison Margolin on February 29, 2020

Los Angeles, CA: 

by DCR Staff on February 26, 2020
To All Phase 2 Applicants without Temporary Approval:

Section 104.08(f) of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) authorizes the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) to grant Applicants an extension to pass the pre-licensing inspection required by LAMC 104.08(a) due to extenuating 

Cannabis Forum Recap: A Growing Industry, Slow Regulations

Posted by Allison Margolin on February 27, 2020

Santa Monica, CA: 

The cannabis industry is complex to navigate, even if the plant is often viewed as a gateway to a simpler state of mind. To help food and drink entrepreneurs grow within it, experts presented data and insights last month at

Freedom Works: How Companies Stay Out of Jail - Cannabis Forum Winter 2019

Posted by Allison Margolin on February 26, 2020

Santa Monica, CA: 

Featuring: Allison Margolin, a founding partner of law firm Margolin & Lawrence, who brings years of understanding of the legal environment for cannabis businesses in California to attendees structure companies strong enough to withstand the shifting regulatory winds surrounding the growing industry.

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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.