Lauren is a Los Angeles-based attorney advising licensed cannabis industry brands, operators, and ancillary businesses on legal strategy, investment sourcing, and regulatory compliance. Lauren has been practicing in the cannabis space since shortly after Proposition 64 was passed in California, and has completed over 100 cannabis projects with U.S. and international clients. In addition to cannabis, Lauren also advises clients on CBD and The Farm Bill. She is nationally recognized as a subject matter expert on cannabis law, and her work has been featured on CNBC, Cheddar, and in Law360.
Outside General Counsel
Cannabis Regulatory Compliance
Cannabis Licensing Advising
CBD Business & Regulatory Advising
Equity financing, PPMs, and investor agreements
Commercial Contracts (Supply, Distributor, Vendor Agreements)
Corporate Governance & Entity Formation
Joint Venture Agreements & Partnership Negotiations
Prior to her career in cannabis, Lauren graduated from Harvard Law School and worked at an AmLaw100 global law firm in London & New York in the Capital Markets and Banking groups, and at a start up, where she managed a multi-million dollar book of business and her clients included emerging and Fortune 500 life sciences and technology companies.
Lauren has been advising brands and operators in the world’s largest cannabis market, California, since 2017. In addition to her experience in the California cannabis market, she brings a global perspective having worked abroad and with publicly-traded life sciences companies earlier in her career. Lauren’s clients appreciate her thorough, effective, and results-oriented approach to legal advising.
The latest developments on LA’s Phase 3 of cannabis licensing for new retail applicants.
Press & Publications
Crain’s New York
CWCB - Los Angeles
Update on LA Phase 3 cannabis licensing from March 8th City Council meeting
Lauren Estevez on how New York can make cannabis legalization progressive
LA Phase 3 cannabis licensing update March 5, 2019
California cannabis market forecast 2019
Lauren Estevez on the latest CBD FDA updates - Feb 27th 2019 and March 5th 2019.
LA Phase 3 Social Equity - Which Zip Codes Qualify?
LA phase 2 cannabis operators - what’s your social equity plan?
Los Angeles Cannabis Phase III Update
Guide to CBD Laws in light of the 2018 Farm Bill and recent FDA statement.