Vince Sliwoski

Vince is a business lawyer, problem solver and dealmaker. His clients run the gamut from individual investors and entrepreneurs to widely held domestic and international corporations. He is the managing attorney of our Portland office and he was recently again named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of eligible Oregon attorneys.

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The Psychedelic Landscape: Pharma, Tech, Decrim, Other

We’ve been writing about psychedelics on this blog now for three years. I believe the first article I wrote covered Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Compass Pathway’s drug trial for COMP360, a psilocybin formulation that eventually was patented. Since that time, a LOT has happened in the space, and we have seen all

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Oregon’s New Cannabis Laws: 2021 Edition

The 2021 Oregon legislative session wrapped up on Sunday, June 27. Thus I am here with our annual update on the state’s new cannabis laws. This year, I count 10 passed bills that deal squarely with cannabis. Some of these bills already have been signed by Governor Brown, while others are still making their way

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Cannabis Multi-State Operators: Top 5 Mistakes

We work with a good number of multi-state operator (MSO) cannabis companies. Always have. Most of these companies are publicly traded, although others remain closely held. With more MSOs on the scene than ever before, it seems like a good time to list out some pitfalls for MSOs, their decisionmakers, lenders, etc., as these companies

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Cannabis Taxes, the Biden Plan, the Oregon Plan and Your Bottom Line

Here is a scare article published last week in Portland’s Willamette Week. I like that publication pretty well, but the article makes a trio of tax-related assertions which strike me as wrong. In the author’s defense, suspect cannabis tax reportage is an industry pastime and the narrative of fiscally oppressed cannabis stores is attractive. Consider

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Should You Join the Board of Directors of a Cannabis Company?

We lawyers get asked to sit on boards with some frequency. At this law firm, those requests are sometimes made by clients and I believe we have always declined, but not for the reasons you may be thinking. In many cases, a lawyer who sits on the board of a company he or she represents

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Ten Years in the Oregon Cannabis Industry

Last month, I spent a Saturday scraping together a syllabus for the Cannabis Law and Policy class I teach at Lewis & Clark Law School here in Portland, Oregon. In one unit, we go through the regulatory history of Oregon cannabis. From an academic perspective, it’s amazing to look at all the things that have

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Oregon Cannabis 2021: Legislative Forecast and Report

The Oregon legislative session kicked off in earnest last week (online) with 28 proposed cannabis bills crowding the docket. We’ll probably see another dozen or so between now and June. In this post, I will run down the list and offer brief comments on each offering. Before diving in, though, some context will be useful.

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Hemp Banking for Credit Unions: Five Key Questions

One of the coolest things we’ve done here at Harris Bricken was work with the National Credit Union Association on its June 2020 guidance for servicing hemp-related businesses. Back when we first started working with small, Northwest credit unions in 2014 and 2015 (on the THC banking side) we never imagined being hired one day

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Oregon Cannabis: State of the State

Here we are at the end of 2020 (thank goodness!), which means it’s time for the fifth annual “State of the State” post on Oregon cannabis. The year 2020 was remarkable for the Oregon cannabis industry, mostly due to COVID and its effects, including record sales on the THC side. But there were also key