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The California Fires and Cannabis

Yesterday, my Harris Bricken colleague Vince Sliwoski wrote a post entitled, “The Oregon Fires and Cannabis“. Given how fires have been ravaging California for the past few weeks, I thought I’d write on how California’s fires are affected the cannabis industry. For the past few weeks, our California cannabis attorneys have been told by a […]

The Oregon Fires and Cannabis

Wildfires are ravaging Oregon, Washington and California. They are truly terrible. Here in Oregon, a full 500,000 residents have been evacuated as I write this blog post on the evening of September 9. Portland smells like burning ash and the suburbs are in evacuation protocols. It’s awful even here. For the cannabis industry, things look […]

ICYMI: Here Comes California-Certified “Comparable-to-Organic” Cannabis

Due to the federal illegality of cannabis, cannabis businesses don’t receive normal treatment from the federal government (with maybe one or two exceptions, like the NLRB and the 2014 FinCEN guidance for access to financial institutions). This obviously mucks up the ability of a cannabis business to operate in a consistent and reliable way, and […]

Hemp-CBD: USDA Reopens Commenting for 30 Days on Interim Hemp Rule

Everyone in the hemp industry knows that last fall the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) released its interim hemp rules governing the production of hemp. Our hemp-CBD attorneys have written extensively about the new hemp rules and their shortcomings, as well as the panoply of different hemp regulations at the state level and the DEA’s […]

Washington Cannabis: Who is a True Party of Interest Under the New Rule?

At long last, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (“LCB”) has finished revising its “True Party of Interest” rule (TPI). This process started way back in August of 2018 and after many revisions and multiple legislative changes. The LCB approved the new rule on September 2, 2020 and they will go into effect on […]

Oregon Cannabis Real Estate Sales

Buying and selling Oregon cannabis properties can be pretty interesting. We have helped negotiate and paper a ton of these sales going back to 2015 or so. At this point, the deal book includes everything from small commercial lots in the City of Portland (for retail dispensaries) to large sawmill properties in Southern Oregon (for […]

2020 California Cannabis Bill Round-Up

Due to coronavirus, what normally would have been a pretty robust legislative session in the California Assembly for new cannabis bills was generally underwhelming. The set-up is markedly different than the 2020 session, where there were over 30 cannabis-related bills. Nevertheless, here we are. At this point, we have a handful of live bills that […]

Hemp CBD Labeling Requirements: How to Mitigate Risk

Every week, clients ask us to review their hemp-derived cannabidiol (“Hemp CBD”) products to ensure “full compliance.” Unfortunately, given the patchwork of often conflicting state labeling laws, and the lack of a federal pathway for the sale and marketing of these products, it is virtually impossible for Hemp CBD stakeholders to meet compliance standards. Consequently, […]

Por ahí viene el cannabis: Colombia y México

Como muchos de nuestros lectores sabrán, la Cámara de Representantes de los Estados Unidos votará este mes para despenalizar la marihuana en todo el país. De prosperar ciertas iniciativas legislativas en Colombia y México, las contrapartes de la Cámara en estas dos importantes economías latinoamericanas podrían seguir sus pasos. En Colombia, los representantes Juan Carlos […]

Cannabis is Coming! The Latest on Colombia and Mexico

As many of our readers will know, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on nationwide decriminalization of marijuana this month under the MORE Act. If legislators in Colombia and Mexico have their way, the House’s counterparts in two important Latin American economies could be following its steps. In Colombia, Reps. Juan Carlos […]