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Hemp & Cannabis

Hemp & Cannabis Lawyers in Monterey County

Representing Growers & Distributors Along the Central Coast

Seated amongst the highly regarded and optimal growing regions of the Santa Cruz, Big Sur, and Santa Lucia Mountains, JRG Attorneys at Law has utilized its agriculture business expertise to advise the Hemp & Cannabis Business industry as it moves from the mountains into the open valleys in California.

As a premier Monterey County area firm, with offices in Salinas, Paso Robles, and Hollister, JRG provides our clients with the expert legal assistance they need to manage risk while building for a successful future. Our CannaBusiness team is led by Aaron Johnson, a partner at JRG who has nearly two decades of legal experience to apply to this key practice area.

Our California hemp & cannabis attorneys work on an individual level to develop long-term strategies suited to each client’s unique needs. We advise and represent clients directly involved in:

  • Cannabis cultivation and growing
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Dispensaries
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Ancillary cannabis businesses, which provide products and services to the industry
  • Financing and founding documentation

To learn more about cannabis law and our services, call (831) 228-5619 or complete an online form today.

We Understand California’s Strict Hemp & Cannabis Regulations & Policies

One of California’s fastest growing industries, cannabis is highly regulated and subject to ever-changing legislation. Our hemp & cannabis lawyers understand the complex requirements concerning all aspects of the hemp & cannabis industry including, and we use this knowledge to protect our clients’ interests.

We can help with compliance and regulatory issues related to:

  • Distribution
  • Permit size
  • Permit quantities
  • Investment-related documentation
  • Entity formation
  • Farm size
  • Number of licenses

Laws regulating medical and recreational hemp & cannabis in California are becoming consumer-oriented and reinforce many laws already applicable to large agribusiness located in the Salinas Valley, which leads the world with fresh produce. We assist our marijuana business clients with proper corporate and business structures for their long-term success and interface with essential local and state officials.

Our firm founded the Coastal Growers Association, a trade association established on behalf of those in the cannabis business, and maintains active involvement in organizations such as the National Cannabis Industry Association, California Cannabis Industry Association, Marijuana Policy Project, Americans For Safe Access, and California NORML.

A History of Cannabis Laws in California

California was the first state to legalize marijuana and cannabis for medicinal use in 1996 with the passage of the Compassionate Use Act (CUA). Under the CUA, patients and caregivers were permitted to grow, possess, and share as much medical marijuana as necessary to treat a patient's medical condition. These permissions would be expanded in 2003 with the passing of Senate Bill 420, which established an identification card system for medical marijuana patients and allowed for the creation of non-profit cooperatives or collectives to distribute medical marijuana.

In 2016, California became the second state to legalize cannabis for recreational use with the passing of Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Under Proposition 64, adults over the age of 21 were permitted to legally possess, transport, purchase, and process up to one ounce of marijuana as well as possess up to six marijuana plants in a private residence.

While previously split among different legislation, California's laws regulating cannabis were condensed and revised in 2017 with the passing of the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), establishing a uniform set of laws for both medicinal and adult-use businesses. Licenses for the commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana in California were issued beginning in 2018, though many local municipalities and counties are continuing to enact laws banning commercial cannabis activities within their jurisdictions. For this reason, it is important for existing and prospective cannabis businesses to consult with a skilled attorney to ensure compliance under MAUCRSA.

Remaining at the Forefront of Hemp & Cannabis Legislation

The lawyers at JRG actively participate in emerging business and policy discussions affecting the hemp & cannabis industry. Clients confidently rely on JRG to help them identify and manage legal issues relevant to all hemp & cannabis businesses.

As this new, legitimate, and transparent industry has evolved after decades of medical legalization, more entrepreneurs are seeking to establish themselves as a hemp & cannabis business. As such, they desire more certainty, understanding, and influence on California marijuana laws. Succeeding in the cannabis industry often requires a close involvement in the policy landscape. Our hemp & cannabis law attorneys have a proven track record of achieving policy objectives through political and government advocacy for their clients and California’s agriculture industry at large.

JRG believes that a sensible hemp & cannabis policy can bring substantial revenue to California and much-needed reform to our criminal justice system. Thoughtful hemp & cannabis regulation will decrease crime while increasing tax revenue and job growth throughout the State. The attorneys at JRG provide a rare combination of business, legal, and policy advocacy experience, coupled with an exceptional understanding of the hemp & cannabis industry.

Call our offices at (831) 228-5619 to discuss your needs and concerns.


    "I will continue to use your firm and know that each time I need legal help, your firm will give me the personal attention needed to resolve the question or matter at hand."
    Michael J. Groves, President EMC Planning Group, Inc.
    "I give him my highest recommendation and look forward to working with him again soon."
    Kim Morgan, Director- UBS AgriVest LLC
    "Your dynamic team of specialized attorneys and paralegals who seemed to take a personal interest in the ongoing litigation especially impressed us."
    Otto Kramm- Mission Organics
    "I always felt that I was the firm’s number one client. I highly recommend JRG to anyone that may need its services."
    Chase Kaljian, Senior Manager of Real Estate & Facilities- Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc.
    "I always felt that I was your number one client, even though I know that you have many other clients that need your services. The results are all that matters in the long run, and your firm has always obtained good results for us."
    Carole Forest- Past President, Bernardus LLC; Baylaurel LLC
    "I would recommend your firm to any other agricultural businesses that find themselves having to address these issues. I give you and your firm the highest recommendation."
    John Jackson- Beachside Produce LLC
    "You have always provided prompt and timely advice and been available to help even in the evening and on weekends."
    Kent Dawkins- Van Schaack Land Company

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