Press Release | 03.16.17

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF., March 16, 2017 – Lawyers in Archer Norris’s Cannabis Practice Group scored a big win for their clients in Calaveras County, successfully challenging eight misleading ballot arguments that had been submitted in favor of Measure B, a voter initiative seeking a County-wide ban on commercial cannabis cultivation. The challenged ballot arguments would have spread misinformation on a variety of topics associated with the initiative, including the amount of federal funding available for enforcement and the effect of the cannabis industry on local real estate values. 

The Cannabis Practice Group argued that eight of the proponents’ ballot arguments were unlawfully misleading. Last week, the Calaveras County Superior Court agreed on all eight points and granted a Petition for Writ of Mandate ruling that these ballot arguments must corrected or removed from County election materials.

Adrian Lambie, a Senior Associate who co-authored and argued the Writ Petition with partner and Cannabis Practice Group leader Jasun Molinelli, stated “this is an important win, not just for our client, but for the people of Calaveras County, who deserve to make their decision about Measure B based on complete and accurate information. We are glad the Court agreed.”

The case is Bowerman v. Turner, et al., Calaveras County Superior Court Case No. 17CV42208.

Archer Norris is at the forefront of California law firms offering legal services to the burgeoning cannabis industry. The Cannabis Practice Group is an interdisciplinary team offering real estate, transportation, business organization, financing, employment and related legal services to cannabis companies. Archer Norris Group members have the experience and legal-political insight required to help the industry flourish when cannabis becomes fully legalized in California January 1, 2018.

About Archer Norris

Archer Norris is a full service law firm, with more than 75 business-savvy litigators and transactional lawyers admitted to practice in 12 states. The firm, which has been named to the National Law Journal’s “Midsize Law Firm Hot List” for the last two years, formally launched its Cannabis Practice Group in 2016, having advised and counseled California Cannabis businesses since 2009, and is proud to represent and counsel clients throughout the industry.

For more information about the firm, please contact Melanie Conrad at 925.930.6600 or visit the Archer Norris website at

Name Title Phone Email V-card
Lambie, Adrian Senior Associate 925.930.6600 vcard
Molinelli, Jasun Partner 925.930.6600 vcard