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CALIFORNIA CANNABIS BUSINESS ATTORNEYS

FOR START-UP, CONTRACT, EMPLOYMENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL NEEDS

CALIFORNIA CANNABIS BUSINESS ATTORNEYS

FOR START-UP, CONTRACT, EMPLOYMENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL NEEDS

California Cannabis Business Attorneys

Lawyers for Cannabis-Related Business Matters with Offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area


For more than two decades, the state of California has been at the forefront of the legal cannabis industry. This emerging sector is already experiencing exponential growth, which is expected to continue in the coming years. The California cannabis industry offers a variety of opportunities for businesses owners and entrepreneurs, but starting a cannabis business can be challenging without the proper guidance. At Green Wise Legal, P.C. we work with all types of cannabis businesses, including retail dispensaries, cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, testing laboratories, and micro businesses. Our experienced attorneys offer valuable legal advice and responsible representation to cannabis business clients throughout California.

Business Formation and Corporate Governance

At Green Wise Legal, P.C., our team is equipped to help you select the right business entity for your cannabis business so that your interests are fully protected and your flexibility is maintained to the greatest extent possible within the regulated industry. Whether you choose to form your business as a corporation, a limited liability company (LLC), or partnership, we can help you complete all of the necessary paperwork, including annual reports and audits. We will provide experienced corporate strategy to assist in navigating your future goals with greater ease and efficiency, taking into account current regulatory and legal limitations, so that if a future merger, acquisition, or takeover may be in your future, you will be best prepared to tackle what comes your way. Along with assistance from our sister company, Green Wise Legal, P.C.--sometimes referred to informally as the Greenwise Companies--we can also assist you in obtaining the local and state licenses required by California law. The application process is challenging and time-consuming, but GWC's experienced consultants will help you take the necessary steps, backed with our legal support as required.

Real Estate Legal Issues

At Green Wise Legal, our attorneys are well-versed in real estate law and are equipped to help you with securing the right property for your cannabis business. Finding, assessing, and buying the right property for commercial cannabis use is a multi-step process that includes a large number of considerations, including the property's proximity to schools, parks, and other "sensitive use areas," zoning laws, access to utilities, and more. Further, special considerations are required when entering into property agreements when your plans involve cannabis that many experienced business people fail to realize and mistakenly go along without proper counsel only to realize too late the errors of their ways. Let our experience help you avoid these potential pitfalls and protect your valuable investments!

If purchasing property is not feasible, we can also help you find a suitable property to lease or to find more cost-effective options or other approaches to "lock down" properties while engaging in the permitting and application processes. Our lawyers will negotiate with property owners and work to develop commercial lease agreements that will protect you and your cannabis business to the fullest extent possible.

Land Use, Zoning, and Permits

Land use and zoning concerns are challenges for any business owner, and they are especially difficult for cannabis businesses. Zoning laws and land use regulations will be critical in determining the type of cannabis business you can open and where operations may be located. Zoning and land use compliance are also an integral component of the licensing process for cannabis businesses in California. At Green Wise Legal, P.C., we can assist you with selecting the right municipality and location for your business. If appropriate, we will even challenge existing zoning or land use rules so that you can obtain the permissions you need to get your venture off the ground.

Corporate and Transactional Agreements

Virtually all businesses rely heavily on contractual agreements for a wide variety of applications. Cannabis businesses are no different in this regard; in fact, cannabis businesses are even more dependent on well-drafted commercial agreements to ensure full compliance and protection of your hard-earned licenses(s). The skilled contract attorneys at Green Wise Legal, P.C. have decades of combined experience drafting complex commercial agreements to protect our clients, and we assist cannabis business owners with a full range of business agreements, including distribution agreements, manufacturing and marketing agreements, merger agreements, partnership and shareholder agreements, real estate purchase contracts, employment contracts, financing agreements, licensing agreements, and many others. We also handle breach of contract matters when necessary and ensure enforcement of clients' rights when called upon. Our goal is to ensure that your cannabis business is fully protected and compliant at all times.

General Counsel Services

Larger cannabis companies may be able to afford to hire lawyers who serve as in-house counsel, but most small businesses do not have resources to do so. That is why Green Wise Legal, P.C. offers general counsel services to clients throughout the California cannabis industry. As general counsel, our attorneys become familiar with you and your company so that we can help your cannabis businesses with a wide range of legal concerns, including business operations, contract review, and regulatory compliance. Typically, these relationships naturally evolve as the trust between Green Wise Legal, P.C. and the client grows through the assistance of initial directed projects(s), resulting in a pairing of business and legal minds that are closely aligned with strategic aims.

Administrative Hearings and Appeals

At GWL, we understand that you may be required to attend a number of administrative hearings throughout the dual licensing process that California has established or to handle post-licensure audits or the like. Such hearings are often held to gather information, address concerns, and to clarify details about your application or operations, and they may involve a number of government entities. Hearings may also be held for suspected regulatory violations. Our team will help you prepare for all types of cannabis-related administrative hearings, as well as any appeals that may follow and can be present to represent you favorably as required by the given situation.

Administrative Hearings and Appeals
Due Diligence Reviews

Due Diligence Reviews

If you are considering buying an existing cannabis business, you should have a full understanding of the restrictions, limitations and circumstances surrounding the possible transaction. At GWL, our lawyers conduct due diligence reviews for all types of cannabis-related business matters, including transferring of ownership in a licensed entity, buying an existing business, selling a business, signing a commercial lease, or entering into any type of business agreement. Performing due diligence allows us to address potential issues before they become real problems for you and your business.

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Pamela Epstein | Attorney

Pamela is the co-founder and a Managing Shareholder of Green Wise Legal, P.C., a full-service cannabis law firm. Pamela’s diverse background, inclusive of legal, non-profit, and environmental work, places her in a unique position to lead and advise the cannabis community on the emerging intersection of recreational legalization and cannabis compliance. She is also the CEO of Green Wise Consulting, LLC, California’s premiere full-service cannabis consulting company, providing a range of consulting, business development, and application permitting services to every facet of the cannabis industry.

 

Nick Goldberg | Attorney

Nick joined Green Wise Consulting, LLC (GWC) in 2017 as a Consultant and in 2018 was appointed as the company's COO. In 2018, along with Pamela, he co-founded and became a Shareholder and CFO of Green Wise Legal, P.C. Nick brings his unique blend of over 13 years of legal, business, and entrepreneurial experience to our clients throughout California, with a specific focus in Orange and San Diego Counties. Nick is located in the San Diego office. Nick received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 2005, and his B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University in 2001.

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