Lauren Mendelsohn, Esq.

Panel: How Big Money is Playing Psychedelics

Lauren Mendelsohn is a Senior Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa, one of the leading cannabis, hemp, and psychedelics law firms in California. She is an activist at heart who enjoys helping individuals and businesses navigate regulatory regimes and coming up with creative solutions to problems. Lauren was named a 2020 and 2021 Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

Lauren’s current focuses include permitting and licensing, regulatory compliance, business formations and transactions, intellectual property, administrative hearings and appeals, and policy work from drafting to analyzing to advocating for various pieces of legislation. She frequently writes for her law office’s blog and has been featured in newspapers and online publications. She has also spoken at numerous conferences and events, and has taught several continuing legal education seminars, in both live and virtual formats.

For several years, Lauren has been involved in drug policy reform as well as other social justice efforts. She formerly chaired the Board of Directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), an international nonprofit organization, and more recently has served on the Board of Directors for the Sonoma County Growers Alliance (SCGA). Currently, Lauren is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA), and is involved with the Cannabis Tourism Association International (CTAI) and the Sonoma County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Lauren earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Irvine School of Law and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland. She is a proud member of the California State Bar, the Sonoma County Bar Association, the International Cannabis Bar Association, the Psychedelic Bar Association, SSDP’s Sensible Society, California NORML, the National Cannabis Industry Association, and the Hessell Farmers Grange.

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