Jesse Mondry

Jesse co-chairs Harris Bricken’s Dispute Resolution / Litigation practice group. He has an extensive domestic and international litigation background and has represented clients from a wide range of industries in high stakes disputes. Jesse represents numerous clients in the cannabis industry and he regularly writes on litigation issues involving hemp and CBD. In every dispute, it is Jesse’s goal to find the best and most cost-effective solution for his clients. His analytical mind, excellent writing skills, and steady presence allow him to find unique solutions to complicated domestic and international disputes.

Cannabis Litigation: Attempt to Plead Around the “Illegality” Defense Fails

Cannabis Litigation: Attempt to Plead Around the “Illegality” Defense Fails

As the country moves toward decriminalizing and even legalizing marijuana, federal courts largely remain closed to commercial disputes involving marijuana by operation of the illegality defense.  We’ve written about the defense on several occasions, see here and here. Briefly, the illegality defense is an affirmative defense pleaded by a defendant who has been sued for

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Washington Court of Appeals Overturns LCB Interpretation of “Tied House” Rule

The State of Washington strictly regulates the relationships between marijuana producers and processors, on the one hand, and marijuana retailers, on the other. Many states permit the same persons to hold financial interests in all three types of licenses. But not Washington. Under RCW 69.50.328, neither a licensed marijuana producer nor a licensed marijuana processor

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Marijuana Reform: Free Allen Russell

The insanity of the war on drugs needs to stop. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. Roughly 40% of Americans live in jurisdictions where some form of marijuana use is legal– that’s over 130 million people. Marijuana companies trade on stock markets. Former Congressman John Boehner, once

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Oregon Cannabis Industry Proposes Changes to Rules and Statutes

This note discusses legislation proposed for this year’s Oregon legislative section. Specifically, Senate Bill 408, titled “Enforcement Reform,” that seeks to amend the statutes governing recreational marijuana and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s (“OLCC”) promulgation and application of administrative rules. The chief proponents of SB 408 are the Oregon Retailers Association of Cannabis (“ORCA”), the

Cannabis Litigation: Third-Party Subpoenas and the Illegality Defense

Cannabis Litigation: Third-Party Subpoenas and the Illegality Defense

This post discusses the use of the federal “illegality defense” in connection with third-party subpoenas in litigation. Let’s start with a review of the illegality defense.  Cannabis litigators, investors, and companies who decide to file a lawsuit arising out of a business transaction likely are familiar with the “illegality defense.” An initial question is choosing

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Oregon Cannabis: Why Won’t OLCC Treat Settlement Negotiations as Inadmissible?

We regularly represent Oregon marijuana licensees in administrative proceedings commenced by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).  As anyone with a license knows, the OLCC regulates medical and recreational cannabis in Oregon. This includes enforcing the administrative rules against licensees when the OLCC believes a licensee has violated the administrative rules found in Chapter 845,