California’s Medical Marijuana Program

In 1996, California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use. In 2015, the California legislature enacted the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act to implement robust regulation to its existing cannabis industry prior to legalization of adult use marijuana. The goal of this regulation was two-prong, first, to bring the medical cannabis industry into compliance with the Cole Memo, a list of federal enforcement priorities, and, second, to prevent regulation of the future adult use industry from eliminating or seriously damaging access to the medical industry. The Act tasks multiple state agencies with licensing and regulating medical marijuana businesses while also allowing cities and counties to regulate medical marijuana businesses further, including the ability to implement bans.

If you are exploring opportunities to enter California’s expanding medical marijuana industry, Greenspoon Marder will provide you with the legal assistance you need to achieve your business goals.  Our lawyers work with clients at every stage of the business cycle to ensure they are taking the right steps to launch and expand their medical marijuana enterprises. Though our years of experience serving members of the cannabis industry, our legal team delivers comprehensive legal counsel to businesses and entrepreneurs in California and across the nation. Our lawyers will answer your questions about the medical marijuana laws in California and help you develop the legal and business strategies you need to succeed in this evolving sector of the economy.