Attorney Lauren Vázquez is
an industry pioneer who has advised cannabis
businesses since the start of the industry in 2009.
We are here to help you achieve your cannabis dreams.

Request a Consultation

Get legal advice for cannabis licensing and compliance

Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer NBC Interview

Integrity

“My goal is to provide quality legal services at an affordable price so everyday people can achieve their cannabis dreams. I am the anti-lawyer lawyer. Too many common practices of lawyers just don’t seem fair. I don’t want to be like that. In my office, we like to be upfront about what our clients are getting and never try to sell you something you don’t need. In that vein, we offer a unique retainer service that doesn’t leave you wondering, “WTF did I just pay for?” We also want our clients to understand exactly what they are getting in to. We will tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some lawyers tell you what you want to hear, we tell you what you need to know so you can make the best decisions for you, your family, and your business.”

Experience

Lauren Vázquez is the Fired Up Lawyer. She is a cannabis business attorney and social entrepreneur who has worked for over a decade to end cannabis prohibition and advance alternatives to the failed war on drugs. An industry leader, Lauren served as a Senior Advisor and Statewide Organizer for the Prop 64 campaign. Lauren has practiced cannabis business law since 2009 and entered private practice in 2011. She has advised numerous cannabis companies and organizations. Lauren has worked with cities and counties for years to develop local licensing for cannabis businesses. Lauren is a Professor at Oaksterdam University and previously served as the National Deputy Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. Lauren Vázquez is an industry expert and pioneer.

Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer ASA Conference

We Do Things Differently

We’re a Small Business Too

We know what it’s like to get started with almost nothing and have to rely on hard work, friends, and family to make your dreams come true. Spending money on things like fancy law books (umm, internet) and mahogany furniture is not our style. We keep our overhead low so we can pass that savings on to you. We accept credit cards and offer flexible billing options including payment plans and bundle discounts.

We Keep It Simple

Our home base is in Oakland at The Port Workspace, one of those hipster co-working offices filled with entrepreneurial do-gooders (yes, there is a slide). The Port is located in Jack London Square with easy parking and Bart access. If more convenient, we can come to you at your local place of business.

We Don’t Nickel and Dime

Our fees are fair and straightforward. Unlike most law firms, we do not round up our hourly billing to 10 minute increments. Sometimes it takes more than one attorney to complete your legal services. If that’s the case, we never double bill when two or more attorneys work on your services at the same time. We also provide discounts when appropriate.

Everything We Do is Awesome!

Check Out Lauren in the News
California Cannabis Industry Association Logo
Women of Weed Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer 2
The Port Workspace Jack London 4

Confused about who does
what in California?

View our quick guide with direct links to state agencies

Cannabis News & Views

Top 5 Mistakes in Cannabis Licensing

These are some of the most common mistakes we encounter: 1. Not putting agreements with partners, investors, landlords, or others in writing 2. Hiring overpriced unqualified cannabis consultants instead of lawyers 3. Relying on investors who promise to pay but don’t 4. Neglecting a corporation or LLC that gets suspended by the state 5. Trusting…

How to Legally Sell CBD In All 50 States

The 2018 Federal Farm Bill allows CBD to be sold in all 50 states. Here’s how you can do it: 1) Source your CBD from Hemp 2) Import your Hemp or Hemp CBD or source it from a producer with a state license that has been federally certified (TBD). 3) Sell your Hemp CBD products in all…
Picture of hemp farm and tractor

The Farm Bill Legalizes Hemp and Hemp CBD

The US has finally joined the rest of the world in legalizing the commercial cultivation of industrial hemp. In the past, US companies could only import hemp to produce their products. Several years ago in a prior version of the Farm Bill, Congress authorized hemp cultivation for research purposes. Now, under the 2018 Farm Bill…

Beware of the Cannabis Consultant

Lately a few too many people have come to the Law Office after hiring a consultant to assist them. Unfortunately it is far too common that the consultants didn’t complete the service they were paid to do, completed it incorrectly, or gave unqualified business and legal advice. One consultant even misinformed a client about a…

Can I Fly With Pot?

It’s the holidays and many are dreading awkward family visits. At this time of year, people often ask, “Can I fly with pot?” The answer is, it depends… All of the following information is based on outside sources and third party reports. It is offered at your own risk and does not constitute legal, practical,…

State Creates Provisional Cultivation Licenses

The CDFA is now offering Provisional Cultivation Licenses to act as a bridge between temporary licenses and annual licenses. Check out their fact sheet. After the annual cannabis cultivation license application has been submitted—and if there is no basis for denial—CDFA will determine whether the applicant will receive a provisional license or an annual license.…

It’s Clear, the DEA did NOT Reschedule CBD

Editor’s Note: Click here to read how the 2018 Farm Bill changes this. DEA Reschedules Epidolex, Not All CBD Drugs In a major shift in federal policy, the DEA announced that it has rescheduled Epidolex, a CBD based anti-seizure drug with less than .1% THC content. The DEA moved the drug from Schedule I to Schedule V.…
Fired Up Activists Mikki, Chris, and Russ - Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer Blog

The Most Fired Up Activists of 2016

2016 was the year of legalization. Cannabis won 8 out of 9 state elections. As the only cannabis insider hired by the Prop 64 campaign, I had the privilege of working hand-in-hand with grassroots leaders from across the state and thanks to their hard work and fortitude more than 60 million Americans now live in…

Surviving Police Encounters With Pot

Author: Lauren Vazquez Reprinted with permission from Ladybud.com If you use pot you are a criminal.This is true even in Colorado and Washington, where the feds continue to outlaw cannabis. This is also true in California and other states that provide medical protection. This means the police not only have the right, but the obligation…
Attorney Lauren Vázquez is
an industry pioneer who has advised cannabis
businesses since the start of the industry in 2009.
We are here to help you achieve your cannabis dreams.

Request a Consultation

Get legal advice for cannabis licensing and compliance

Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer NBC Interview

Integrity

“My goal is to provide quality legal services at an affordable price so everyday people can achieve their cannabis dreams. I am the anti-lawyer lawyer. Too many common practices of lawyers just don’t seem fair. I don’t want to be like that. In my office, we like to be upfront about what our clients are getting and never try to sell you something you don’t need. In that vein, we offer a unique retainer service that doesn’t leave you wondering, “WTF did I just pay for?” We also want our clients to understand exactly what they are getting in to. We will tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some lawyers tell you what you want to hear, we tell you what you need to know so you can make the best decisions for you, your family, and your business.”

Experience

Lauren Vázquez is the Fired Up Lawyer. She is a cannabis business attorney and social entrepreneur who has worked for over a decade to end cannabis prohibition and advance alternatives to the failed war on drugs. An industry leader, Lauren served as a Senior Advisor and Statewide Organizer for the Prop 64 campaign. Lauren has practiced cannabis business law since 2009 and entered private practice in 2011. She has advised numerous cannabis companies and organizations. Lauren has worked with cities and counties for years to develop local licensing for cannabis businesses. Lauren is a Professor at Oaksterdam University and previously served as the National Deputy Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. Lauren Vázquez is an industry expert and pioneer.

Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer ASA Conference

We Do Things Differently

We’re a Small Business Too

We know what it’s like to get started with almost nothing and have to rely on hard work, friends, and family to make your dreams come true. Spending money on things like fancy law books (umm, internet) and mahogany furniture is not our style. We keep our overhead low so we can pass that savings on to you. We accept credit cards and offer flexible billing options including payment plans and bundle discounts.

We Keep It Simple

Our home base is in Oakland at The Port Workspace, one of those hipster co-working offices filled with entrepreneurial do-gooders (yes, there is a slide). The Port is located in Jack London Square with easy parking and Bart access. If more convenient, we can come to you at your local place of business.

We Don’t Nickel and Dime

Our fees are fair and straightforward. Unlike most law firms, we do not round up our hourly billing to 10 minute increments. You only pay for the actual time we work on your services. Sometimes it takes more than one attorney to complete your legal services. If that’s the case, we never double bill when two or more attorneys work on your services at the same time. We also provide discounts when appropriate.

Everything We Do is Awesome

Check Out Lauren in the News!
California Cannabis Industry Association Logo
Women of Weed Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer 2
The Port Workspace Jack London 4
Confused about who does what in California?
Check out our quick guide
with direct links to the state websites
Cannabis News & Views

How to Legally Sell CBD In All 50 States

The 2018 Federal Farm Bill allows CBD to be sold in all 50 states. Here’s how you can do it: 1) Source your CBD from Hemp 2) Import your Hemp or Hemp CBD or source it from a producer with a state license that has been federally certified (TBD). 3) Sell your Hemp CBD products in all…

Beware of the Cannabis Consultant

Lately a few too many people have come to the Law Office after hiring a consultant to assist them. Unfortunately it is far too common that the consultants didn’t complete the service they were paid to do, completed it incorrectly, or gave unqualified business and legal advice. One consultant even misinformed a client about a…

State Creates Provisional Cultivation Licenses

The CDFA is now offering Provisional Cultivation Licenses to act as a bridge between temporary licenses and annual licenses. Check out their fact sheet. After the annual cannabis cultivation license application has been submitted—and if there is no basis for denial—CDFA will determine whether the applicant will receive a provisional license or an annual license.…

Top 5 Mistakes in Cannabis Licensing

These are some of the most common mistakes we encounter: 1. Not putting agreements with partners, investors, landlords, or others in writing 2. Hiring overpriced unqualified cannabis consultants instead of lawyers 3. Relying on investors who promise to pay but don’t 4. Neglecting a corporation or LLC that gets suspended by the state 5. Trusting…

It’s Clear, the DEA did NOT Reschedule CBD

Editor’s Note: Click here to read how the 2018 Farm Bill changes this. DEA Reschedules Epidolex, Not All CBD Drugs In a major shift in federal policy, the DEA announced that it has rescheduled Epidolex, a CBD based anti-seizure drug with less than .1% THC content. The DEA moved the drug from Schedule I to Schedule V.…
Picture of hemp farm and tractor

The Farm Bill Legalizes Hemp and Hemp CBD

The US has finally joined the rest of the world in legalizing the commercial cultivation of industrial hemp. In the past, US companies could only import hemp to produce their products. Several years ago in a prior version of the Farm Bill, Congress authorized hemp cultivation for research purposes. Now, under the 2018 Farm Bill…

Can I Fly With Pot?

It’s the holidays and many are dreading awkward family visits. At this time of year, people often ask, “Can I fly with pot?” The answer is, it depends… All of the following information is based on outside sources and third party reports. It is offered at your own risk and does not constitute legal, practical,…
Fired Up Activists Mikki, Chris, and Russ - Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer Blog

The Most Fired Up Activists of 2016

2016 was the year of legalization. Cannabis won 8 out of 9 state elections. As the only cannabis insider hired by the Prop 64 campaign, I had the privilege of working hand-in-hand with grassroots leaders from across the state and thanks to their hard work and fortitude more than 60 million Americans now live in…

Surviving Police Encounters With Pot

Author: Lauren Vazquez Reprinted with permission from Ladybud.com If you use pot you are a criminal.This is true even in Colorado and Washington, where the feds continue to outlaw cannabis. This is also true in California and other states that provide medical protection. This means the police not only have the right, but the obligation…
Attorney Lauren Vázquez is an industry pioneer who has advised cannabis businesses since the start of the industry in 2009. We are here to help you achieve your cannabis dreams.
Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer NBC Interview

Request a Consultation

Integrity & Experience

“My goal is to provide quality legal services at an affordable price so everyday people can achieve their cannabis dreams.”

Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer ASA Conference

Lauren Vázquez is the Fired Up Lawyer.
She is a cannabis business attorney and social entrepreneur who has worked for over a decade to end cannabis prohibition and advance alternatives to the failed war on drugs. An industry leader, Lauren served as a Senior Advisor and Statewide Organizer for the Prop 64 campaign. Lauren has practiced cannabis business law since 2009 and entered private practice in 2011. She has advised numerous cannabis companies and organizations. Lauren has worked with cities and counties for years to develop local licensing for cannabis businesses. Lauren is a Professor at Oaksterdam University and previously served as the National Deputy Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. Lauren Vázquez is an industry expert and pioneer.

We Do Things Differently

Women of Weed Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer 2
We’re a Small Business Too

We know what it’s like to get started with almost nothing and have to rely on hard work, friends, and family to make your dreams come true. Spending money on things like fancy law books (umm, internet) and mahogany furniture is not our style. We keep our overhead low so we can pass that savings on to you. We accept credit cards and offer flexible billing options including payment plans and bundle discounts.

The Port Workspace Jack London 4
We Keep It Simple

Our home base is in Oakland at The Port Workspace, one of those hipster co-working offices filled with entrepreneurial do-gooders (yes, there is a slide). The Port is located in Jack London Square with easy parking and Bart access. If more convenient, we can come to you at your local place of business.

Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer Lighters
We Don’t Nickel and Dime

Our fees are fair and straightforward. Unlike most law firms, we do not round up our hourly billing to 10 minute increments. You only pay for the actual time we work on your services. Sometimes it takes more than one attorney to complete your legal services. If that’s the case, we never double bill when two or more attorneys work on your services at the same time. We also provide discounts when appropriate.

Everything We Do is Awesome!

Check Out Lauren in the News
California Cannabis Industry Association Logo
Women of Weed Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer 2
The Port Workspace Jack London 4

Confused about who does what in California?

View our quick guide with links to state agencies

Cannabis News & Views

Top 5 Mistakes in Cannabis Licensing

These are some of the most common mistakes we encounter: 1. Not putting agreements with partners, investors, landlords, or others in writing 2. Hiring overpriced unqualified cannabis consultants instead of lawyers 3. Relying on investors who promise to pay but don’t 4. Neglecting a corporation or LLC that gets suspended by the state 5. Trusting…

How to Legally Sell CBD In All 50 States

The 2018 Federal Farm Bill allows CBD to be sold in all 50 states. Here’s how you can do it: 1) Source your CBD from Hemp 2) Import your Hemp or Hemp CBD or source it from a producer with a state license that has been federally certified (TBD). 3) Sell your Hemp CBD products in all…
Picture of hemp farm and tractor

The Farm Bill Legalizes Hemp and Hemp CBD

The US has finally joined the rest of the world in legalizing the commercial cultivation of industrial hemp. In the past, US companies could only import hemp to produce their products. Several years ago in a prior version of the Farm Bill, Congress authorized hemp cultivation for research purposes. Now, under the 2018 Farm Bill…

Beware of the Cannabis Consultant

Lately a few too many people have come to the Law Office after hiring a consultant to assist them. Unfortunately it is far too common that the consultants didn’t complete the service they were paid to do, completed it incorrectly, or gave unqualified business and legal advice. One consultant even misinformed a client about a…

Can I Fly With Pot?

It’s the holidays and many are dreading awkward family visits. At this time of year, people often ask, “Can I fly with pot?” The answer is, it depends… All of the following information is based on outside sources and third party reports. It is offered at your own risk and does not constitute legal, practical,…

State Creates Provisional Cultivation Licenses

The CDFA is now offering Provisional Cultivation Licenses to act as a bridge between temporary licenses and annual licenses. Check out their fact sheet. After the annual cannabis cultivation license application has been submitted—and if there is no basis for denial—CDFA will determine whether the applicant will receive a provisional license or an annual license.…

It’s Clear, the DEA did NOT Reschedule CBD

Editor’s Note: Click here to read how the 2018 Farm Bill changes this. DEA Reschedules Epidolex, Not All CBD Drugs In a major shift in federal policy, the DEA announced that it has rescheduled Epidolex, a CBD based anti-seizure drug with less than .1% THC content. The DEA moved the drug from Schedule I to Schedule V.…
Fired Up Activists Mikki, Chris, and Russ - Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer Blog

The Most Fired Up Activists of 2016

2016 was the year of legalization. Cannabis won 8 out of 9 state elections. As the only cannabis insider hired by the Prop 64 campaign, I had the privilege of working hand-in-hand with grassroots leaders from across the state and thanks to their hard work and fortitude more than 60 million Americans now live in…

Surviving Police Encounters With Pot

Author: Lauren Vazquez Reprinted with permission from Ladybud.com If you use pot you are a criminal.This is true even in Colorado and Washington, where the feds continue to outlaw cannabis. This is also true in California and other states that provide medical protection. This means the police not only have the right, but the obligation…

Copyright 2011-2019, Lauren Vázquez, All Rights Reserved. Licensed by the California State Bar #267880. The information on this website is provided for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice, legal opinions, or any other form of advice regarding any specific facts or circumstances. You should always consult a lawyer for individual advice regarding your own situation. Contacting Lauren Vázquez, the Fired Up Lawyer, does not contractually obligate her to represent you. The information provided on this website is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The attorney-client relationship is not created until the user submits payment and executes the formal Attorney-Client Agreement. Please do not send any confidential information until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established. Any testimonial or endorsement on this website does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. This website is an advertisement.

Attorney Lauren Vázquez is an industry pioneer who has advised cannabis businesses since the start of the industry in 2009. We are here to help you achieve your cannabis dreams.

Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer NBC Interview

Request a Consultation

Integrity & Experience

“My goal is to provide quality legal services at an affordable price so everyday people can achieve their cannabis dreams.”

Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer ASA Conference

Lauren Vázquez is the Fired Up Lawyer.
She is a cannabis business attorney and social entrepreneur who has worked for over a decade to end cannabis prohibition and advance alternatives to the failed war on drugs. An industry leader, Lauren served as a Senior Advisor and Statewide Organizer for the Prop 64 campaign. Lauren has practiced cannabis business law since 2009 and entered private practice in 2011. She has advised numerous cannabis companies and organizations. Lauren has worked with cities and counties for years to develop local licensing for cannabis businesses. Lauren is a Professor at Oaksterdam University and previously served as the National Deputy Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. Lauren Vázquez is an industry expert and pioneer.

We Do Things Differently

Women of Weed Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer 2
We’re a Small Business Too

We know what it’s like to get started with almost nothing and have to rely on hard work, friends, and family to make your dreams come true. Spending money on things like fancy law books (umm, internet) and mahogany furniture is not our style. We keep our overhead low so we can pass that savings on to you. We accept credit cards and offer flexible billing options including payment plans and bundle discounts.

The Port Workspace Jack London 4
We Keep It Simple

Our home base is in Oakland at The Port Workspace, one of those hipster co-working offices filled with entrepreneurial do-gooders (yes, there is a slide). The Port is located in Jack London Square with easy parking and Bart access. If more convenient, we can come to you at your local place of business.

Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer Lighters
We Don’t Nickel and Dime

Our fees are fair and straightforward. Unlike most law firms, we do not round up our hourly billing to 10 minute increments. You only pay for the actual time we work on your services. Sometimes it takes more than one attorney to complete your legal services. If that’s the case, we never double bill when two or more attorneys work on your services at the same time. We also provide discounts when appropriate.

Everything We Do is Awesome!

Check Out Lauren in the News
National Cannabis Bar Association Logo
The Port Workspace Jack London 2
Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer at Oaksterdam University

Confused About Who Does What
in California?

View our quick guide
with direct links to state agencies

Cannabis News & Views

Top 5 Mistakes in Cannabis Licensing

These are some of the most common mistakes we encounter: 1. Not putting agreements with partners, investors, landlords, or others in writing 2. Hiring overpriced unqualified cannabis consultants instead of lawyers 3. Relying on investors who promise to pay but don’t 4. Neglecting a corporation or LLC that gets suspended by the state 5. Trusting…

How to Legally Sell CBD In All 50 States

The 2018 Federal Farm Bill allows CBD to be sold in all 50 states. Here’s how you can do it: 1) Source your CBD from Hemp 2) Import your Hemp or Hemp CBD or source it from a producer with a state license that has been federally certified (TBD). 3) Sell your Hemp CBD products in all…
Picture of hemp farm and tractor

The Farm Bill Legalizes Hemp and Hemp CBD

The US has finally joined the rest of the world in legalizing the commercial cultivation of industrial hemp. In the past, US companies could only import hemp to produce their products. Several years ago in a prior version of the Farm Bill, Congress authorized hemp cultivation for research purposes. Now, under the 2018 Farm Bill…

Beware of the Cannabis Consultant

Lately a few too many people have come to the Law Office after hiring a consultant to assist them. Unfortunately it is far too common that the consultants didn’t complete the service they were paid to do, completed it incorrectly, or gave unqualified business and legal advice. One consultant even misinformed a client about a…

Can I Fly With Pot?

It’s the holidays and many are dreading awkward family visits. At this time of year, people often ask, “Can I fly with pot?” The answer is, it depends… All of the following information is based on outside sources and third party reports. It is offered at your own risk and does not constitute legal, practical,…

State Creates Provisional Cultivation Licenses

The CDFA is now offering Provisional Cultivation Licenses to act as a bridge between temporary licenses and annual licenses. Check out their fact sheet. After the annual cannabis cultivation license application has been submitted—and if there is no basis for denial—CDFA will determine whether the applicant will receive a provisional license or an annual license.…

It’s Clear, the DEA did NOT Reschedule CBD

Editor’s Note: Click here to read how the 2018 Farm Bill changes this. DEA Reschedules Epidolex, Not All CBD Drugs In a major shift in federal policy, the DEA announced that it has rescheduled Epidolex, a CBD based anti-seizure drug with less than .1% THC content. The DEA moved the drug from Schedule I to Schedule V.…
Fired Up Activists Mikki, Chris, and Russ - Lauren Vazquez Marijuana Business Lawyer Blog

The Most Fired Up Activists of 2016

2016 was the year of legalization. Cannabis won 8 out of 9 state elections. As the only cannabis insider hired by the Prop 64 campaign, I had the privilege of working hand-in-hand with grassroots leaders from across the state and thanks to their hard work and fortitude more than 60 million Americans now live in…

Surviving Police Encounters With Pot

Author: Lauren Vazquez Reprinted with permission from Ladybud.com If you use pot you are a criminal.This is true even in Colorado and Washington, where the feds continue to outlaw cannabis. This is also true in California and other states that provide medical protection. This means the police not only have the right, but the obligation…

Copyright 2011-2019, Lauren Vázquez, All Rights Reserved. Licensed by the California State Bar #267880. The information on this website is provided for informational purposes only and does not contain legal advice, legal opinions, or any other form of advice regarding any specific facts or circumstances. You should always consult a lawyer for individual advice regarding your own situation. Contacting Lauren Vázquez, the Fired Up Lawyer, does not contractually obligate her to represent you. The information provided on this website is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The attorney-client relationship is not created until the user submits payment and executes the formal Attorney-Client Agreement. Please do not send any confidential information until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established. Any testimonial or endorsement on this website does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter. This website is an advertisement.

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