Harvest Law Group

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Harvest Law Group provides regulatory and business legal services for California’s cannabis industry. The firm assists clients with compliance with local laws and the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act.

Melissa N. Sanchez founded Harvest Law Group in 2012 (formerly known as MS Law), in the wake of viable proposed legislation creating a state regulatory system for medical cannabis. Kevin Carmichael joined the firm as an associate attorney in early 2016.

Harvest Law Group counsels cannabis entities regarding compliance with federal, state and local laws. The firm’s attorneys have participated in meetings with state policymakers and staff regarding cannabis policy. They have met with members of Boards of Supervisors, City Councils and staff regarding local implementation of state cannabis laws in counties and cities throughout California, including the City of Sacramento, Humboldt County, Mendocino County, and Nevada County. The firm assists clients with obtaining local licensing for cannabis businesses. Harvest Law Group also advises clients on policy and general strategy matters involving the creation or amendment of local ordinances related to cannabis cultivation. The firm has represented clients in county hearings regarding code compliance and worked with city and county planning and building departments regarding clients’ compliance with local rules.

In 2016, Harvest Law Group together with the California Grower's Association organized policy summits throughout California with panelists from Department of Consumer Affairs, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Board of Equalization, Regional Water Boards, and Assembly Health Committee staff for potential licensees to learn about the state medical cannabis legislation. Melissa also organized and moderated the first program on Current Issues in Medical Marijuana Regulation for the University of California Continuing Education of the Bar which included analysis of issues related to the representation of cannabis cultivators and dispensaries, employment law, landlord-tenant law, and criminal law, including Assistant United States Attorneys from the Eastern District of California. 

 
 
 

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Melissa N. Sanchez

Harvest Law Group founder Melissa N. Sanchez created the firm to focus on her passion of helping her clients become and stay compliant with cannabis laws. She practices law the same way she lives her life: with intrepid enthusiasm, resourceful creativity and commitment to sustainability.  

Melissa is a veteran in counseling clients on compliance with cannabis laws. Since beginning her cannabis compliance legal practice in 2009 as a sole practitioner, she has represented and advocated for the craft cannabis industry. Melissa’s work extends beyond the traditional role of attorney, advising key California decision makers and assisting in the development of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA). She is dedicated to carving a niche for specialty cultivators and manufacturers, and provides clients with unsurpassed strategic counsel.

In 2012, she was proud to be asked by the University of California to organize and moderate the Continuing Education of the Bar’s first continuing legal education class on medical cannabis. The class featured Assistant United States Attorneys from the Eastern District of California and respected attorneys in the field.  

Melissa founded Harvest Law Group in 2012 (formerly known as MS Law), in the wake of viable proposed legislation creating a state regulatory system for medical cannabis. In 2015, the firm officially became Harvest Law, highlighting her combined legal expertise and policy understanding in a way that provides her clients a path to thrive in a very complex and ever-changing industry.

Melissa is the co-founder and Executive Director of Restore California, a charitable organization that raises funds from the cannabis industry to pay for the restoration and remediation of California’s lands destroyed by illegal cannabis cultivation.

Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of California, Davis in 2004, where she earned a Regents Scholarship, the most prestigious award presented by the University. In 2007, she received her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York City, where she was a Robert L. Lieff Scholar. Upon graduation, Melissa moved to Los Angeles to work as an associate in the Corporate and Finance division of a highly-respected national law firm. 

 

Education

COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2007

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
B.A., Economics and International Relations, 2004

Activities & Affiliations

• National Cannabis Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• California

 
 

 
 
 
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Kevin Carmichael 

Kevin Carmichael is an Associate Attorney at Harvest Law Group. He enjoys helping clients bring stability and security to their operations while respecting the culture and history of the industry. 

Prior to joining Harvest Law Kevin worked as a project coordinator with one of the industry's most prominent accounting firms. He has worked with industry operators to bring their businesses into the light since 2014. 

Kevin practices corporate transactional and compliance law for cannabis cultivation and manufacturing businesses. He earned his J.D. in 2013 from University of California, Davis, School of Law, and his B.A. in 2010 from University of California, Davis.

 

Education

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2013

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
B.A., Philosophy, 2010

Activities & Affiliations

• National Cannabis Bar Association, Member

Bar Admissions

• California