Ringgenberg Law Firm advises clients on the complex and rapidly changing requirements to obtain state and local licenses to operate in the cannabis industry, and how to stay abreast of, and comply with, the emerging regulatory regime.


Cannabis Business Attorney

The goal of the cannabis industry legal practice is to further California's leadership as a model for responsible operation of legalized cannabis, guided by effective licensing and regulations. How well California's industry adapts to the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and Proposition 64 (the Adult Use of Marijuana Act) will play an important role in determining how fast, and how smoothly, the nation and the world leave behind the pernicious drug war model.

The firm provides a full range of legal services to cannabis industry entrepreneurs, established companies, and investors, including relating to litigationcommercial agreements, and intellectual property. Core to all of this work is an understanding of how business structures and operations affect eligibility for licensing and regulatory compliance, and the unique needs of the cannabis industry given the governing legal structure.


  • Strategies to obtain and maintain local (city or county) and state licenses for dispensaries, cultivators, distributors, manufacturers, and testing labs;

  • Advice regarding which local jurisdictions have open licensing, and the benefits and drawbacks of local regulations, licensing requirements, and taxes in available jurisdictions;

  • Providing up-to-date information on rapidly-changing municipal and county codes, state legislation including the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64), the draft regulations prepared by the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, the Department of Food and Agriculture, and the Department of Public Health; and

  • Structuring businesses to maximize licensing opportunities and achieve greater tax-efficiency, particularly in light of the unique burdens imposed by Internal Revenue Code Section 280E.



As part of our mission, the firm presents to help educate lawyers and businesspeople on the changing legal and regulatory landscape. Kieran has presented at the National Cannabis Industry Association's Cannabis Business Summit and Expo, the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Real Property Section of the California Bar Association. He has also appeared on Gateway Incubator's Open Office Hours, most recently to discuss the passage of SB94 and what it means for the cannabis industry in California.



California Legalized is a comprehensive asset to cannabis businesses. Through this information and news blog, the firm provides continual news, insights, and legal analysis for the changing cannabis industry. View all posts here. →

You can also find detailed analysis of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which have now been consolidated under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA).  This includes an overview of the state and local licensing process for cannabis businesses. The complete text of California's cannabis statutes under MAUCRSA is also available.

@CaliLegalized (Twitter) provides regular updates and carefully curated news for the cannabis industry and updates from the firm’s legal blog.