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.

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.

2020: Sequel to Orwell’s 1984 - Surveillance State

Posted by Rob Uriostegui on July 5, 2020


“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious… The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.” Orwell’s 1984.

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.


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.