California Cannabis Business Counsel

The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore works with cannabis operators across the California cannabis supply chain to anticipate and shape the evolving regulatory environment for California's cannabis markets. Shay works with cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and ancillary businesses, on corporate transactions, corporate governance, commercial contracts, and regulatory compliance matters intersecting with the legalization of commercial cannabis in California.

Legal Services for Cannabis Operators & Ancillary Businesses

Whether you are building a new cannabis business or need compliance oversight or corporate transactional help for your current business, Shay can help you smoothly and efficiently navigate through the cannabis laws and regulations impacting your commercial cannabis activity in California. 

GENERAL COUNSEL, Corporate transactional & Legal SERVICES

Entity formation and corporate governance

Stock financings, partnership debt and equity financings

Mergers and acquisitions

Commercial contracts across the cannabis supply chain, including licensing agreements protecting intellectual property

Labor and employment advice and counsel


Advice and counsel regarding California’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (Senate Bill 94) and its implementing regulations from: Bureau of Cannabis Control, Department of Public Health, and Department of Food and Agriculture

Directing and performing compliance audits according to California state cannabis regulations and local commercial cannabis ordinances

Licensing and permits

Local authorizations for commercial cannabis activity

State licensing for operators across the cannabis 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 protection 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.