Entering the legal cannabis or hemp markets in California comes with substantial challenges, which starts with finding and securing the suitable real estate necessary to launch or maintain an associated business.
While cannabis and hemp property deals may be more lucrative than other industrial transactions, proper zoning, customer and patient access, and community and local support are critical to selecting an appropriate site.
This is especially true because state and municipal approvals of the licensing application process for medical and/or adult-use cannabis businesses exist in separate layers. While state agencies often have authority over initial land-use regulations, municipalities typically have autonomy to make crucial real estate, land use, and zoning decisions for applicants.
That means that unlike standard commercial leaseholders, cannabis and hemp landlords and tenants must navigate the inconsistencies (indeed, outright conflicts) between federal and state law, the complexities of state and local laws and regulations, and unpredictable licensing timelines.
These matters can greatly influence how and where you set up your cannabis business as well as impact the ongoing, day-to-day operations.
At Manzuri Law, our experienced California cannabis attorneys can provide upfront advice and insight to assist with real estate, land use, and zoning issues, assistance with permit applications, and representation if you face a dispute or other legal issue regarding these matters.
Manzuri Law represents real estate investors, landowners, and cannabis and hemp licensees and applicants in complex real estate transactions, acquisitions, and leases of real estate for licensing purposes and advises on cannabis-related zoning and land use issues.
Our leading cannabis law attorneys can help ensure that the decisions made are in your best interests in the following areas:
The attorneys at Manzuri Law have an in-depth understanding of the importance of defining permitted use, excluding the federal CSA requirements, addressing asset forfeiture issues, defining hazardous materials, and affording landlords and tenants alike the ability to terminate leases in particular cannabis-specific situations.
Once real estate is acquired, cannabis and hemp licensees often need specialized help with the local Department of Water & Power (DWP), which includes specific issues related to power usage, wattage, and meter transfers. Through years of working with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, we have cultivated invaluable relationships that aid clients in solving the utility issues that cannabis operators face.
If you are entering into a cannabis or hemp lease, whether as a tenant or a landlord, contact Manzuri Law to set up a consultation for expert advice.
With our thorough knowledge of case law, and regulatory and legislative policy changes, our experienced cannabis real estate, land use & zoning advice attorneys provide customized legal solutions for each of our client’s unique needs. Contact one of our California cannabis law firm specialists today by phone at (310) 912-2960 or online to ensure your new or existing operations and complete business interests are protected inside and outside the courtroom.