The Law Office Of Dale Schafer


•   California Cannabis Business Law

•   California Cannabis Compliance

•   Cannabis Pioneer

•   Keynote Speaker



4010 Foothills Blvd. #103

Roseville, CA 95747

(916) 740-2141

(916) 740-2644 FAX


•   Do you need to make that transition from a Non-Profit Mutual Benefit (Co-Op) to a For-Profit Cannabis Corporation?

•   Want to jump into the rapidly growing cannabis industry?

•   Struggling to understand the new, temporary, California State Cannabis Regulations?

•   Unclear about how to proceed?

Schedule An Appointment
Call (916) 740 – 2141 or email


California Land Owners –

Let me help you to set your property up to host a cannabis business and keep it compliant with California State Law.

California Cannabis Business Owners –

Let me help you transition your Non-Profit Mutual Benefit (Co-Op) to a Licensed For-Profit Corporation.

Cannabis Entrepreneurs –

Let me help you to properly set up your Licensed For-Profit Cannabis Corporation.

My Story In A Nutshell

In 1999, myself and my then wife, Dr. Mollie Fry, opened the first medical/legal clinic in Cool, California. The purpose, of the medical/legal clinic, was to first educate every patient about the California State Law, their rights under the law and what to do if they were to be approached by law enforcement. Then to be evaluated, by a doctor for the purposes of a recommendation as per Health and Safety Code 11362.5.

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Trial 2007

As much as we tried to work with local law enforcement, unfortunately in September of 2001 (just 3 months after announcing my run for El Dorado County District Attorney) our home and office were raided by the DEA. In 2005 we were charged with cultivation of more than 100 plants, grown between 1999 and 2001, and conspiracy to distribute marijuana to the sick people I had agreed to grow for. Without a medical marijuana defense, allowable under federal law, we were convicted and sentenced to the minimum mandatory of 5 years in federal prison.


In May of 2011, we surrendered at the Federal Courthouse, located in Sacramento California, (as seen below) and began serving the 52 months of our 60-month sentence.

My time in prison did not deter me from fighting for the rights of people; if anything it unleashed a sleeping dragon inside of me. However, my tactics have absolutely changed. My opinion is that best way to keep others from going to prison, especially in the current political environment, is to educate them. Therefore, my first task is to travel, throughout the State of California, to educate every future legal cannabis business owner about the State, County and City regulations that govern them and encourage them to participate in their local Board of Supervisors meetings in order to fight for the policies that will work best for their business.

Surrender 2011


The California Bureau of Cannabis Control has released their temporary cannabis regulations for January 1, 2018. To read them CLICK HERE

Cannabis Regulations


(2/3 less than the average consultant charges to complete paperwork)

UPDATE – Successful Cannabis Business DIY Program

Successful Cannabis Business DIY Program


The Successful Cannabis Business DIY Program is a pilot program, offered by the Law Office of Dale Schafer, to help cannabis business owners, who would only be prohibited by the cost of hiring an attorney to handle their paperwork needs in order to successfully open a legal state cannabis business within California. The program has been created to walk the applicant through the entire temporary and annual application process as well as many issues, the applicant will face, within the first year of business. The applicant will receive a 3-ring binder with resources to help with your application and business set-up process, sections and notes for each workshop, as well as section for the applicant’s business plan and standard operating procedures.


The objective, of the Successful Cannabis Business DIY Program is to help cannabis business owners, struggling to come up with all of the funds to obtain and maintain their temporary and annual state license, obtain all of the necessary tools to be as successful as possible in their application process as well as within their first year of business.


The goal, of the Successful Cannabis Business DIY Program is to offer each of the cannabis businesses, admitted into our program, all of the necessary one-on-one appointments, workshops, physical and online resources, etc. to obtain their temporary and annual license as well as maintain their license through the first year of business.

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3 thoughts on “The Law Office Of Dale Schafer”

  1. Incredible Blog. Cannabis could be the healing plant that has been found in ayurveda for thousand of years. Contemporary medicine without any unique cure for cancer, has made that medicinal place inaccessible to victims who require that place to cure themselves of various ailments. Gracias.


  2. I have been following your story since before you and Mollie were ever arrested. My husband was the AT&T guy in Cool so we knew about you. I thought that if you did time in prison you would lose you license, is that not the case. Are you still a practicing attorney, I sure hope so?


    1. Hi Theresa, this is Heather Schafer, Dale’s Legal Assistant and oldest daughter. My dad didn’t lose his license as he did not commit a crime of morale turpitude. I maintained it throughout his prison sentence and once he was officially released from probation, in late November, we were able to begin taking clients again. I appreciate your husband so much as I was the one he communicated with, during that time. So happy to hear from you.


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