Culture Magazine SoCal May 2017

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Industry Insider

Cannabis law attorney Todd Winter’s courageous spirit continues to benefit the industry by R. Scott Rappold

There were just a handful of us [cannabis] attorneys at that time, and we really wrote the book for how things progressed for the next eight years.


MAY 2017


odd Winter didn’t set out to become a cannabis attorney. Like many in this industry, he kind of fell into it through “pure coincidence and happenstance.” In the nine years since he began fighting for cannabis clients, he has become one of the nation’s leading legal advocates, with some of the biggest names in his dossier, including Bhang and Eureka Vapor. Yet he’s rarely had to advertise the fact. You’ll have to dig deep in his website to even find a mention of cannabis. He earned his reputation the old-fashioned way—through word of mouth. “The proudest thing for me is that I [have] held [the trust of] some of the biggest cannabis companies in the world over the years, and they’ve continued to spread my name to other clients to call and retain us, which to me is the greatest compliment you can get,” said Winter, 47, of Costa Mesa, California. >>

photos by Eric Stoner

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