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Jessica C. McElfresh

Jessica C. McElfresh


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McElfresh Law, Inc.
Encinitas, CA

About Jessica C. McElfresh

Attorney Biography

Jessica McElfresh has focused on cannabis law and policy since 2010.Currently she focuses on local and state applications, regulations, and compliance.Her practice also includes business, election, and land use law, as well as criminal defense.She represents cannabis retailers, distributors, cultivators, manufacturers, and testing labs, as well as landlords and ancillary businesses. Jessica has guided clients through successful applications in jurisdictions such as the City of San Diego, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, King City, and the County of San Diego. She has authored and advised on ordinances and ballot measures to regulate cannabis businesses at the local level, including Measure U in La Mesa and Measure V in Lemon Grove.

Outside of her law practice, Jessica is an advocate for cannabis and broader drug policy reform.She serves as a board member and legal counsel for the Association of Cannabis Professionals, a cannabis trade association based in San Diego.She serves as an advisory board member for A New PATH, an organization dedicated to promoting therapeutic rather than punitive drug policies. Jessica has also served as a consultant for the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California about how Proposition 64 affects criminal justice reform and individual rights.

Jessica grew up in San Diego and graduated summa cum laude from Scripps College before attending the University of San Diego School of Law on a Dean’s Honor Scholarship.She has spoken at conferences for organizations and law schools including the National Cannabis Industry Association Business Summit & Expo, University of San Diego School of Law, and Thomas Jefferson School of Law.Jessica regularly teaches continuing legal education programs on cannabis law.She was selected as a 2017 and 2018 Rising Star by Super Lawyers.


Practice Areas

 
Real Estate Law (48%)
 
Business Law (20%)
 
Criminal Defense (8%)
 
Local Government Law (4%)
 
Marijuana Law (4%)
 
Landlord-Tenant Law (4%)
 
Commercial Real Estate Law (4%)
 
Civil Trial Law (4%)
 
Administrative Law (4%)
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Bar Licenses

California State Bar
California
Member in Good Standing
2009

Work Experience

McElfresh Law, Inc.
2011

Education

University of San Diego School of Law
University of San Diego School of Law
J.D.
2009

Scripps College
B.A.
2005

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Associations

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Member
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
2012

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Lifetime Member
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
2010

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Member
California Cannabis Industry Association
2014

Member
National Cannabis Industry Association
2014

Community Director
NORML Women's Alliance - San Diego Chapter
2012

Member
Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego
2012

Member
Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court
2011

Member
San Diego County Bar Association
2009

Member
Lawyers Club of San Diego
2009

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Awards & Recognitions

Honor Award
Casa Cornelia Law Center
2010

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Contact Jessica C. McElfresh

Jessica C. McElfresh
McElfresh Law, Inc.
531 Encinitas Boulevard Suite 111
Encinitas, CA 92024
www.criminallawyersandiego.com
Office: 858-756-7107
Mobile: 858-248-2901
Fax: 858-225-6700

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Bar Membership Information

California Bar Membership -

Jessica C. McElfresh - Profile information with the State Bar of California - Find more information about Jessica C. McElfresh on the State Bar of California website, including: current status, actions affecting eligibility to practice law and disciplinary history.


Nonprofit Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.


California Attorneys for Criminal Justice -

CACJ works to preserve due process and defend the rights of the accused while providing quality continuing legal education courses to criminal defense lawyers in the State of California.


National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NLC -

More than 350 criminal defense attorneys belong to the NORML National Legal Committee (NLC). Members of the NORML NLC include many prominent criminal defense lawyers who are dedicated to ending prohibition of marijuana through education, legal reform and activism. Attorneys focused on other practice areas also belong to the organization.


NLC members are listed on the NORML website, are eligible for the NLC e-mail discussion group, receive the weekly email press release, and NORML News.



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