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Blair is admitted to practice law in both California and Illinois. Prior to joining RLG Blair worked as a criminal defense attorney in Cook County, Illinois defending clients in a variety of narcotics and violent crime cases. Blair received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University and her Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Blair joined the RLG team in 2014 as the sole associate attorney when the firm’s primary focus was criminal defense. Blair represented dozens of criminal clients charged with cannabis crimes in jurisdictions all over Northern California. Appearing in such a variety of jurisdictions, Blair has an intimate knowledge of how California and local laws affect those operating within the cannabis industry.
Having witnessed the dramatic shift in the cannabis industry over the last few years, Blair’s practice area now focuses on cannabis compliance and helping clients operate within the confines of California’s regulated cannabis market. As the leader of RLG’s Compliance Team, Blair’s practice involves advising clients on MAUCRSA, the California Health and Safety Code, and the commercial cannabis regulations promulgated by the various state agencies responsible for issuing commercial cannabis licenses. As Compliance Team Leader, Blair oversees the attorneys on the Compliance Team, assists clients with the preparation of local permit and state license applications, interfaces with government officials, and represents clients in code enforcement and regulatory enforcement matters if and when they arise.
Blair consistently looks forward to helping cannabis professionals achieve success in the cannabis industry while ensuring they have the tools to operate compliantly.
Won cannabis dispensary appeal in San Francisco after community members appealed the dispensary’s building permits.
Won a cannabis dispensary appeal in the City of Santa Rosa allowing a client to move forward in CUP selection process. Later presented CUP application and obtained CUP for client to operate.
Lead the compliance due diligence on multi-million dollar sale of a dispensary to a major cannabis conglomerate.
Wrote cannabis dispensary clearance application for Napa dispensary that obtained one of the limited clearances issued.
Created and submitted a Conditional Use Permit Application for the first approved cannabis cultivation facility in the City of Rio Vista.
Wrote local permit application for testing laboratory the received its permit to operate in the City of Santa Rosa.
Assisted with the transfer of a cannabis dispensary permit from one entity to another in the City of Long Beach.
Successfully appealed City of Santa Rosa Cannabis Subcommittee’s decision against client and earned client the right to move forward in the City’s competitive cannabis retail permitting process.
Significant experience in assisting collectives and cooperatives with the transition from operation under the Health and Safety Code to operation under local and upcoming state regulations.
Extensive cannabis industry regulatory compliance work in Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Rio Vista, Lake County, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Desert Hot Springs, Mendocino, and other localities throughout California.
Created and submitted dozens of use permit, zoning clearance, and other permit applications for cannabis businesses throughout the State of California.
Completed cannabis compliance work for multi-million dollar dispensary acquisition project in Northern California.
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