Clark Neubert, a women-owned cannabis law firm based in Los Angeles and San Francisco, has opened offices in Sacramento and Santa Cruz after hiring three new associates to facilitate increased demand for legal services in the recreational cannabis businesses.

Associate Joanna Hossack, who joined Clark Neubert last October, will head the firm’s office in the Golden State capital, while senior associate Nicole Laggner, a former solo practitioner, came aboard this month and will head the firm’s Santa Cruz office. Senior associate Jay Purcell, who joined Clark Neubert in January after working as an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, will handle corporate and securities issues out of San Francisco and Santa Monica.

“The cannabis industry needs good lawyers across all different practice areas—our particular focus happen to be on corporate and transactional work,” said Clark Neubert co-founder and name partner Nicole Howell Neubert. “As their business develops, they take on financing and investments. And as they move into being regulated, where they can operate for-profit businesses, they really need to have good, sophisticated, corporate and transactional advice. That’s a big part of our expansion.”

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