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Cannabis Law

Cannabis Law

As a California law firm, we have been on the leading edge of cannabis law from the very beginning of its legalization, advising individuals, businesses, real estate owners, and a wide array of investors in California since 2008. We believe in supporting this rapidly growing industry at all levels. As it continues to develop, we proudly serve as outside general counsel to some of the leading cannabis-related startups and established companies in the state. We provide instrumental counsel and guidance to clients looking to ensure that their cannabis/cannabis-related businesses operate in full compliance with applicable state and local law. Our firm has successfully assisted clients throughout the state of California in obtaining necessary permits, approvals, and licenses. We proudly advocate for industry business groups such as NORML, California Growers Association, and CannaAngels. 

Representative Clients

  • Dispensary owners and operators
  • Real estate owners and developers
  • Cultivators 
  • Agriculture/Land owners
  • Distributors
  • Biotech companies
  • Manufacturers (equipment and consumer products)
  • Management companies 
  • Software and ancillary technology companies 
  • Non-storefront retailers
  • Medical and health care providers
  • Angel, venture capital, and private equity investors 
  • Family offices
  • Non-profits, co-ops, and collectives
  • Advocacy groups


  • Permitting and licensing at the local and state level
  • Choice of entity/business formation (including Benefit Corps) and structuring
  • Tax (federal, state, and local)
  • Real estate (acquisitions, lending, development, leasing, and management) 
  • Angel/venture investments 
  • Securities (private placements and public offerings) 
  • Debt financing 
  • M&A 
  • Intellectual property 
  • Health law 
  • Senior care law 
  • Executive compensation 
  • Labor and employment 
  • Construction 
  • Litigation 
  • Data security
  • Land use
  • Administrative appeals/litigation
  • Regulatory compliance

There is a divergence between federal law and California state and local laws regarding the legality of the production, distribution and sales of cannabis. Compliance with California and local law is not a defense to a federal charge or indictment.

Key Contacts

Jonathan Storper
Jonathan Storper
San Francisco, CA

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