Kelly Hayes | Associate | Marijuana lawyer

Kelly Hayes


Kelly Hayes is an associate in the Cannabis Law practice group at Greenspoon Marder. Ms. Hayes works on a wide array of cannabis matters including, state and local licensing applications, regulatory compliance, zoning and land/use issues, and business litigation. Prior to becoming an associate, Ms. Hayes worked as a Law Clerk and assisted clients in successfully obtaining commercial cannabis licenses throughout the state of California, including the Cities of San Diego, Santa Ana, Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Adelanto, Hayward, Oakland, Costa Mesa, and Long Beach; as well as the Counties of Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity. In 2015, she assisted in the formation of the first cannabis agricultural cooperative in California and is currently working on commercial cannabis licensing applications in the Cities of San Diego, Long Beach, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, and the Counties of Humboldt, Sonoma, and Riverside.

Ms. Hayes first became involved in drug policy reform as a student member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) during her undergraduate studies at the University of Rhode Island and while interning with SSDP’s national office located in Washington, D.C. Ms. Hayes has remained active in drug policy reform throughout her legal career by attending conferences and symposia and as a research assistant for scholars specializing in drug laws. She researched and edited the casebook “Controlled Substances: Crime, Regulation and Policy” by Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor, Alex Kreit, a leading expert on illegal drug and marijuana laws.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California


  • California


  • J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2013
    • Public Interest Law Foundation, President
  • B.A., University of Rhode Island, 2006