The focus of the Emerald Law Group team is to support and assist our clients through any legal issues they are facing. We know that our legal system can feel overwhelming and scary, but we want to educate and empower you as we help you through the process. Our zealous team of advocates are available to help you through a wide array of legal issues - whether it be criminal or civil cases in the courtroom, assisting you to obtain a cannabis permit and licensing at your farm, or consulting with you on your business endeavors - we have the knowledge, team, and resources to help you achieve success. We offer a full service array of assistance to help you with your needs.
We offer consultations and representation dealing with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, specific to cannabis, in an effort to avoid criminal cases. While we specialize in educating and protecting our clients prior to charges being filed, in the unfortunate event charges are filed against a client, we do all we can to prove their innocence through aggressive defense strategies, both in and out of the courtroom. Our primary focus in the criminal realm is the defense of our clients, facing criminal, cannabis related charges on the Federal, State, and local level. Our main goal is to keep non-violent drug offenders out of over-crowded jails and prisons. No obstacle will impede a zealous representation by our attorneys, and our passionate support team.
Our client’s struggle is a personal affront, and entrenches us to fight for true justice. Our office is committed to challenging what has become a status quo turnstile-esque criminal justice system, wherein the accused enters the courtroom a free person and walks out a stigmatized criminal, often in handcuffs. We stand strong, as outspoken advocates for our clients, based on principles that founded this great nation, wherein we are all presumed innocent until proven guilty.
We also have an excellent permitting team that can assist you through every step of the process to obtain local permits and state licenses for commercial cannabis cultivation. We are confident in our abilities to assist you through the seemingly endless hurdles required to participate in the regulated cannabis market. We also have a network of resources to assist you with any issue you are facing, and the knowledge necessary to appropriately advise our clients, so that you can meet your goals and achieve success. We can assist you in determining the best way to form an entity and to maintain compliance with all laws, criminal and regulatory. Our attorneys and permitting team are passionate about the work we do, and it shows in our track record of success.
E.D. Lerman has been a patient advocate licensed to practice law in the state of California since 2006. She has represented and continues to represent lawyers, doctors, patients, collectives, cooperatives, and brick & mortar dispensaries in both civil, criminal and administrative courts. E.D. has been advising agencies, operators and individuals on the subject of medical cannabis helping them navigate the very confusing and ever changing laws.
E.D. is admitted to practice law both federally and in California. In 2012 she was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of U.S. in Washington DC. E.D. has never lost a medical cannabis trial.
Kali S. Perkins knew her passion and calling to become and attorney and practice in the cannabis realm at a young age. Kali earned her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2005, and thereafter, spent time working as a public defender and as an associate attorney at a criminal defense firm, where she represented a vast array of clients in a wide range of criminal cases.
Kali received the honor of opening her own practice, at the legendary Pier 5 law offices, in January of 2009. There she enjoyed the opportunity of working alongside her mentor, J. Tony Serra, from whom she learned a great deal about the practice of law, and how to be an effective and successful “semantic warrior.”
Subsequently, Kali opened her own marijuana defense firm: Green
Street Law Group, where she specialized in cannabis defense cases,
medical marijuana affirmative defense cases, and Rastafarian religious defense cases. Beyond her work in criminal cannabis defense cases, Kali also offered consultations for clients looking to start a medical marijuana entity, advising clients on the law and their rights, in an effort to avoid a criminal case.
She has represented clients all over California and the U.S, with great
success. Kali has been admitted to Practice Pro Hac Vice in the Northern District of California, Eastern District of California, Western District of Washington, Eastern District of South Dakota, North Carolina State, and New Jersey State. She has published numerous chapters in the CEB Manual for attorneys dealing with scientific evidence in drug cases.
She also wholeheartedly enjoyed her role teaching medical marijuana
patients about the law at Oaksterdam University. In 2015 Kali became a mother, and made the tough decision in late 2016 to step away from the practice of law in order to focus on raising her family. Kali now has a son and a daughter, and has enjoyed the last few years solely focused on raising her children.
Now ready to jump back into her role as an attorney and advocate in the new world of regulated, recreational cannabis, Kali is excited to use her knowledge and experience to assist clients in all types of matters.
I am a Ugandan trained lawyer with 7 years of experience, knowledgeable in Land law, Oil & Gas law, Human rights, Administrative law processes, legislative lobbying and legal research. After relocating to the United states in 2018 I joined the Emerald Law group as a regulatory and compliance consultant in the Cannabis Industry.
Using my vast experience in land law, legal research, administrative law processes and human rights, I help our clients navigate the ever-shifting ground of both local and state regulations that govern the cannabis Industry.
I help clients Identify the right properties for their cannabis cultivation, retail and distribution projects by taking on a hands-on approach which begins with visiting the proposed sites and preparing didactic property evaluation reports aligned with the clients interests offering evidence based recommendations for the best kind of permit type in the industry.
I also work closely with the team in preparing different cannabis business permit applications, corporation formation, drafting leases, and the day-to-day dealings with the state licensing departments like the Bureau Of Cannabis Control & CalCannabis under the California Department Of Food And Agriculture, Department Of Fish And Wildlife and the California State Water Board.
Given the complexities in the industry, clients will from time to time be issued Notices of Violation and will need operational permit maintenance and review. Part of my work is to help clients with such matters from a regulatory perspective leading them on a path of compliance in the cannabis industry.