California Legalized is a service of the cannabis industry practice at the Ringgenberg Law Firm PC.  The frm 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.

The goal of this cannabis industry practice is to further California's leadership as a model for responsible operation, guided by effective licensing and regulation. 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.

Kieran represents cannabis industry entrepreneurs, established companies, and investors on a full range of legal services relating to litigation, commercial 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;

  • Providing up-to-date information on rapidly-changing municipal codes, state legislation, and the MCRSA and Proposition 64 (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) regulations being drafted 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 optimum tax-efficiency, particularly in light of the unique burdens imposed by Internal Revenue Code Section 280E.

Ringgenberg Law Firm PC
299 Third Street, Suite 106
Oakland, CA 9407
(510) 775-7000