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Aaron A. Pelley

Aaron A. Pelley

Cultiva Law
  • Business Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law
  • Washington
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A founding member of the Cannabis Defense Coalition Legal Committee and a lifetime member of the NORML Legal Committee. Aaron has been a tireless advocate in the War on Drugs and the legalization movement. In addition to representing cannabis clients and their business strategies, Aaron has also earned a reputation for effectively handling high profile litigation, defending both individual and corporate clients. Aaron’s representative cases convey his capacity to handle a diversity of complex and serious legal matters. Aaron has been repeatedly named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. He has been invited to speak on Legal Education Seminars and Cannabis Conferences throughout the United States.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Senior Attorney
Pelley Law, PLLC
Willamette University College of Law
J.D. | Law
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Professional Associations
Washington State Bar Association
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Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered

Q. Can I legally grow 2 plants of hemp with a the content of .03% or lower? It is strictly for personal use .
A: Division 24 of the California Food and Agricultural Code provides for the cultivation of industrial hemp by registered growers, hemp breeders, and established agricultural research institutions. Regardless of any federal requirements, all hemp growers in California must comply with existing state laws and regulations as well as any local restrictions that may apply. You can go here for info on local rules.
Q. Do I need a special type of business license to sell growing equipment to the marijuana growers?
A: Most states do not require a specific license, except a business license (and perhaps City license) to work in the areas you have described. However, as ridiculous as it sounds, you are still subject to Federal Prosecution, as those who sell certain precursor chemicals, specialized equipment, or simply offer to help produce marijuana may also may be charged with the federal crimes. So far, we have not seen any meaningful Federal enforcement in State's that have moved to full recreational cannabis laws. It would be important to note these state's has decriminalized and created robust legal oversight. However, some places this is still considered a crime. You need to do a state-by-state analysis to make sure you are not delivering where it is illegal at the State level as both State and Federal prosecutors may be able to be able to prosecute you. The issue is not if it is legal in your state, it also matters where you deliver. If you need an example of someone thinking they were going to be just fine, given how progressive things are read and the charming Fed from Beaver Falls.
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Cultiva Law, PC
Corporate Counsel for the Cannabis Industry
877 Bryant St Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: (628) 204-1100
Cultiva Law PC
Corporate Counsel for the Cannabis Industry
520 S. Grand Ave Suite 320
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Telephone: (213) 306-6800
Cultiva Law, PLLC
2510 Western Ave
Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98121
Telephone: (206) 480-1600
Cultiva Law, PLLC
222 NW Davis Street
Suite 420
Portland, OR 97209
Telephone: (503) 446-3640
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