Michael Chernis of Chernis Law Group spoke at the Los Angeles County Bar Association Real Property Section on May 10, 2017 concerning marijuana law and federal policy.
Laurence Hummer, of Laurence Hummer Law Corporation, said of the event:
“The Land Use Planning and Environmental subsection (LUPE) sponsored a lunchtime seminar on Marijuana and California Real Estate at LACBA’s offices on May 10, 2017. Each of panelists Lauren Langer, Michael Chernis and Julia Sylva has had extensive experience in advising clients about marijuana laws, while serving as counsel to municipalities or private parties. The seminar provided their expert analysis and up-to-date information on the legal status of medicinal or recreational use of marijuana, including the different treatment of marijuana under federal criminal law and still-evolving California law and regulations. They explained the challenges and time deadlines municipalities currently face in developing land use and licensing requirements to implement California’s new approach. The presentation made clear that persons and companies who are interested in getting into the marijuana business, and their landlords, will need lawyers who are knowledgeable about the complicated and still-unsettled legal environment. The seminar was organized by LUPE members Brant Dveirin, former Chair of the Real Property Section, and Stephen Weaver, who in addition to being a LUPE member currently is President of the Santa Monica Bar Association. Pictured, seated from left to right are Brant Dveirin, Julia Sylva, Michael Chernis and Lauren Langer, and standing is Stephen Weaver.”