Chernis Law Group

Michael Chernis


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Michael Chernis is one of California's foremost experts in both federal and California laws relating to cannabis and the growing legal cannabis industry.

Chernis represents existing cannabis operators engaged in cultivation, manufacturing and retail sales activities in connection with regulatory and general counsel issues; investors seeking to obtain an interest in or purchase an existing cannabis business; and landlords and others seeking to do business with cannabis businesses.

He also represents individuals and businesses in civil litigation with municipalities arising from such activities, and in criminal matters when charged with violating federal or state MMJ laws.



  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law
  • B.A., Political Science, Brandeis University
  • Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • Arizona
  • Memberships

  • California State Bar Association (litigation and criminal defense sections)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Lawyers Committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (litigation and criminal defense sections)
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • National Cannabis Bar Association
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • L.A. Cannabis Task Force (Policy Director)