Partner Aaron C. Lachant was quoted in a December 28, 2017 L.A. Times story titled, “As California legalizes recreational marijuana, this L.A. pot shop weighs closing its doors.”

From the article:

California is days from allowing shops to sell recreational pot to paying customers, legalizing a hotly anticipated industry.

The messy and complicated details of marijuana legalization in California have left some Los Angeles pot businesses uneasy about how to follow the new law. To sell cannabis commercially starting in January — whether for medical or recreational use — a pot shop must have a state license. And to get a state license, it needs to have local approval.

But “limited immunity” does not protect those shops against state action. Violating state law, in turn, could make them more vulnerable to federal enforcement, some attorneys warn.

“The problem is, the city is giving them limited immunity for behavior that would violate state law,” said Aaron Lachant, a partner in the law firm Nelson Hardiman who represents Proposition D shops. “Which is making a lot of businesses uncomfortable … I can’t advise my clients to go out there and break the law.”

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