MCLE FIRST FRIDAYS: California Cannabis Law November 2017 Update: How The New Legal Cannabis Industry Can Impact Your Law Practice
Ever-changing Cannabis (a/k/a) Marijuana Law poses incredible challenges and questions, in a large and ever-expanding industry in California. Come learn more at this event with one of the most renowned speakers (and former SMBA Board Member) Michael Chernis.
Michael Chernis is the founding member of Chernis Law Group, P.C., located in Santa Monica, CA. Mr. Chernis received his juris doctorate from Fordham University School of Law, where he was amember of the Fordham Law Review, and graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Political Science. Mr. Chernis has been a criminal defense attorney and commercial litigator for more than 20 years and is licensed to practice law in California, Arizona and New York, as well as a number of federal courts in those jurisdictions.
The California MMJ laws are a key area of focus for Mr. Chernis, and he has represented clients in all areas of the California medical marijuana industry, including collectives; storefront and mobile dispensaries; cultivators; extractors and oil manufacturers; infused product producers; MMJ patients and doctors; landlords and others seeking to do business with such collectives; as well as individuals and businesses in civil litigation with municipalities arising from such activities. Mr. Chernis also represents individuals and businesses in federal criminal matters and those charged with violating state MMJ laws. Currently he is assisting clients in navigating California’s recently-passed Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, and in obtaining licensure from local municipalities.
He writes and lectures frequently on the subject of MMJ regulation. In 2013, for instance, Mr. Chernis co-authored the chapter entitled “Criminal Activities” in Neighbor Disputes: Law and Litigation (CEB), published by the California State Bar’s continuing education division. In it he analyzes the criminal consequences of MMJ and other drug activities, and the remedies available to landlords and neighbors seeking to challenge such activities.
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