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Five Questions with Allison Margolin, Criminal Defense and Cannabis Attorney

The Cannabis space has certainly changed on the West Coast of the United States in the past decade or so. With this change has come certain challenges. Legal ones come to mind immediately and with any sort of cannabis legalization, there needs to be talented and intellectual people to defend high profile cases against improper charges and institute change across the boundaries of what is correct, to what is right. Criminal defense attorneys are not just born, they are nurtured. And by the very basis of their craft, the craft of cannabis, there is more and more the need to develop strategies and intellectualism for more than just a street corner drug bust. That’s where Allison Margolin comes to the table. She operates in a very studious fashion and rightfully so. One does not become successful and a go/to in the cannabis world without being the very best!

ForbesWhat do you do? Where are you from?

AM: I am Allison Margolin, a criminal defense and cannabis attorney in Los Angeles, California. I was born and raised in Beverly Hills, attended Columbia College for my undergraduate education, and received my Juris doctorate from Harvard University. I have been a member of the California Bar since 2003, and over the last sixteen years, I have built an unrivaled team of Harvard Law-educated cannabis attorneys at Margolin & Lawrence. The firm has become an institution in the growing cannabis industry and is widely recognized as a leader in cannabis business law. I have always been passionate about cannabis policy reform, and the end of pot- prohibition in California is just the beginning. I have defended some of the highest profile criminal cases in California, and I am also working on a couple of them currently.

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Allison Margolin

ForbesWhere do you see the cannabis space going?

AM: I think cannabis is on its way to getting descheduled. I see the cannabis industry growing similar in size — if not bigger than — the beer and wine industry. I think (and wish) that the same level of craft and artistry that goes into beer and wine will eventually be reflected in cannabis and cannabis products. It is definitely a booming industry that is volatile in itself due to the novelty of the mass market. Currently, it seems as if people want to usher cannabis in slowly — cannabis products that have CBD, lower dosages (i.e. micro-dosing), or promise non-psychedelic effects have been popular these days. It was not long ago that potency was equivalent to highest price. Now, potency rivals ingredient quality, a more controlled high, and taste — all constituents that new consumers of cannabis are seeking.

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Published: May 29, 2018

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