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Allison Margolin is an American attorney and medical marijuana advocate based in Beverly Hills, California. She initially gained notoriety for "unorthodox ads" that proclaimed her "L.A.'s dopest attorney." Margolin was one of the first attorneys to advertise her law practice on YouTube. She is a founding partner of the well-known law firm Margolin & Lawrence, where she practices medical marijuana regulatory and business law, as well as federal and state criminal defense. 

The daughter of Bruce Margolin, one of the first lawyers to champion efforts to decriminalize marijuana in the 1970s, Allison Margolin is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. Her Harvard application essay argued that all drugs should be legalized. Margolin began her legal career representing people with terminal diseases who were facing criminal charges for marijuana activity. By 2008, she had a reputation for getting cases dismissed, and for recovering marijuana plants that had been seized by police.

She has represented growers and distributors in marijuana cases in both state and federal court, including the Supreme Court of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 


Margolin is the author of Jury Nullifications and a chapter of Reasonable Doubt, published by Phoenix Books in January 2008. As a cannabis lawyer, she is an advocate for regulations that remedy the effects of the drug war and promote social equity. In 2017 she was named a SuperLawyer by Thomson Reuters. She is the only cannabis attorney in the United States with this distinction.

For more information on Allison Margolin's book Just Dope, see here.

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