California Cannabis Business Counsel

The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore assists cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, micro-businesses and event organizers navigate the complex and evolving regulatory environment for California's medicinal and adult-use cannabis markets. Shay works with these operators, and ancillary businesses, on corporate transaction, governance, and regulatory matters intersecting with the legalization of cannabis.

Legal Services for Cannabis Operators & Ancillary Businesses

Whether you are building a new cannabis business, need assistance with compliance oversight for your current business, or require representation before state and local regulatory authorities, Shay can help you navigate the California cannabis laws impacting your cannabis business. 


Entity Formation

Financing, Leasing, Acquisitions

Corporate Governance

Commercial contracts across the cannabis supply chain

Employment Counsel

Licensing agreements and protecting intellectual property


Senate Bill 94 (Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act)

Bureau of Cannabis Control Regulations

California Department of Public Health Regulations

California Department of Food and Agriculture Regulations

Compliance Audits

Licensing and permits

Local authorizations for commercial cannabis activity

State licensing applications for operators across supply chain

Developing and drafting supporting documents for permit and license applications, including: standard operating procedures, employee manuals, community impact and engagement plans, and pro forma documentation.

Insurance Recovery Services for Cannabis Businesses

Shay has several years of experience practicing California insurance law, including 7 years as in-house counsel for major property & casualty insurance companies in California. Shay knows how to help California cannabis businesses maximize the value of their insurance assets and can assist any California cannabis business policyholder with claim presentment, negotiation, coverage dispute resolution and - if necessary - litigation. When you need the benefits of the insurance policy you purchased, Shay will partner with you to recover all of the benefits your California cannabis business is entitled to obtain.