The newspaper reveals.

Earlier this month, DP&F announced the official launch of its cannabis practice group, based in Santa Rosa. This group now offers a specialized, full-service approach to serving the business needs of clients navigating California’s complex cannabis industry.

The news of a law firm getting involved with the cannabis industry might sound surprising, but it’s a good fit for the firm, said representatives.

“Every day, DP&F attorneys serve clients who operate in highly regulated industries,” said Carol Kingery Ritter, one of the firm’s managing partners.

“We are experts in the alcohol beverage industry and given the breadth and depth of our practice, we are set up to serve the cannabis industry seamlessly,” Kingery Ritter said.

“Ultimately cannabis is an ag product,” Kingery Ritter said.

“It wasn’t a far stretch to think about taking our skills and applying it to another ag product that is having a real impact on the economy of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.”

“We’re in a whole new world,” said Erin Carlstrom, senior counsel, who leads the DP&F cannabis practice group based out of its Santa Rosa office. She joined DP&F about a month ago.

“This is real industry that deserves a sophisticated response from the professionals that serve it and a robust conversation in every community,” said Carlstrom.

Carlstrom worked in cannabis compliance and land use at her previous firm, specializing in government relations and permitting.

She has ushered statewide clients through major projects, from incorporation to operations, and has been responsible for obtaining entitlements all over California.


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