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Godinez Law helps Cannabis businesses lay the groundwork for long-term security and success

At Godinez Law, we concentrate on building your capacity for long-term regulatory compliance. Beyond helping you establish your business, our attorneys look ahead to your future legal needs to keep it running smoothly for years to come.

Helping Citizens Stand Up for Their Rights

The purpose of 42 U.S.C. §1983, the federal statute under which civil rights actions arise, is to deter persons who act on behalf of state and local agencies from using the badge of their authority to deprive individuals of their federally granted rights. There is generally a two-year statute of limitations (deadline) to file a federal civil rights lawsuit. There is a six-month deadline for any state law claims (such as intentional infliction of emotional distress or battery).

Know your rights with a legal team that knows the cannabis marketplace.

We have handled hundreds of cannabis cases in every courthouse in southern California and most of them throughout the state. We also have extensive experience in federal court defending cannabis charges in and out of the State of California. In the process, we have had countless charges reduced or dismissed and had our clients life and property restored.

A TRUSTED ALLY IN A CHANGING MARKET.

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”

— Abraham Lincoln

3 Things You Need To Know Before Getting A California Medical Cannabis Business License

– 1. Local law is king (and always will be in California)

The MCRSA requires you show you have local approval to receive a state license. If you don’t have local approval and you try to open despite a local ban or even if you are simply operating under a local government’s tacit approval without any formal recognition, you’re going to suffer in California.

– 2. Prop. 215 is still alive and that’s a problem for for-profit cannabis companies.

Though for-profit entities are allowed to be license applicants under the MCRSA, if you are servicing groups of patients now, the State still encourages you (from a 2008 State Attorney General memo) to form a non-profit collective (if you’re going to form an entity at all) because neither the MCRSA nor the Adult Use of Cannabis Act repealed Prop. 215, which prohibits for-profit sales of medical cannabis. In addition, many local ordinances still require “commercial cannabis activity” to take place within non-profits.

– 3. Cannabis is still federally illegal.

All too often investor clients bring us a Private Placement Memorandums or a Confidential Information Memorandum for a cannabis investment in California that nowhere mentions the risk of federal law enforcement or even that cannabis remains federally illegal. Just because most U.S. states have legalized medical cannabis and eight states have fully legalized cannabis, it doesn’t mean a thing under federal law.

GODINEZ LAW IS COMMITTED TO HELPING YOU

Business Litigation
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MEET OUR TEAM

Jefferey L. Wise, Esq.

of Counsel

Gabriel A. Godinez, Esq.

Attorney

Diane E. Godinez

SPHR/Paralegal

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