Vince Sliwoski

Vince is an award-winning business lawyer, problem solver and dealmaker. His clients run the gamut from individual investors and entrepreneurs to widely held domestic and international corporations. Based in Portland, Oregon, he is Managing Partner of Harris Bricken and Editor of the Canna Law Blog and the Psychedelics Law Blog.

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Oregon Psilocybin: Slow Start

It seems that the Oregon psilocybin program is off to a slow start. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) did a good job meeting the Measure 109 rulemaking and development deadlines, including by opening the license application portal back on January 2. Still, a slew of factors, some of them structural, have tempered program launch. The

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Oregon Psilocybin 2023: Legislative Forecast and Report

The 2023 Oregon legislative session commenced last week. It’s a regular session this year, so we’re in for a longer stretch– a 160 day calendar, versus the 35 day affair we see in even-numbered years. For better or worse, the legislature has ample time to tinker with our brand-new psilocybin program here in Oregon. Going

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CLE Tomorrow, Jan. 12: Legal and Regulatory Landscape for Psychedelics

Register Here Harris Bricken attorneys, Paul Coble, Griffen Thorne, and Vincent Sliwoski, will be presenting on the “Legal and Regulatory Landscape for Psychedelics” in the following CLE webinar on January 12th, 2023, hosted by The Seminar Group. “This program will provide an overview of emerging drug therapies, including psilocybin, ketamine infusion clinics, MDMA and other

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Oregon Releases Final Psilocybin Rules; Applications Open January 2

We’re finally ready to launch. After a two-year advisory and developmental period, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has adopted and released final rules to implement a first-of-its-kind, regulated psychedelics program. You can find the new rules here. OHA will also begin accepting applications for psilocybin service centers, testing labs, manufacturers and facilitators next Monday, January

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Psilocybin Lease Checklist: Top 10

Oregon is the first state to launch a regulated psilocybin industry. Following the mid-term election results, we know which cities and counties in the Beaver state will allow licensed psilocybin businesses in 2023. Regulated businesses will fall into three broad categories: manufacturers, testing labs and service centers. All of these psilocybin companies will need leases.

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Oregon Psilocybin and Securities: Raising Money Right

Oregon psilocybin licensing kicks off in just over a month. We are finally in the home stretch of the two-year run-up following the passage of Measure 109. At this point, many people are forming psilocybin businesses and raising money for these new ventures. What’s old is new again We went through similar business structuring and

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Psilocybin Companies and Phantom Income

Our Oregon office has been setting up psilocybin companies for clients. This is meat-and-potatoes work for us, as we’ve formed hundreds of schedule I substances businesses in Oregon over the years. I’m referring to cannabis businesses, but psilocybin is similar. Like cannabis companies, most new psilocybin companies end up registering as either LLCs or C-corps.

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Psychedelics Benefit Companies

The psychedelics movement has a benevolent streak, which may create an influx of benefit companies in the regulated space. In Oregon, the state will regulate the actual practice of medicine out of the program, but many industry operators — manufacturers, service centers and facilitators — are interested in health aspects of psilocybin use nonetheless. Others

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Starting a Psilocybin Business: Write It Down

It’s important for a psilocybin business to operate with written agreements, well ahead of licensure. This post explains why. Statutes and common law are “one size fits all” In Oregon, as in all 50 states, companies are subject to statutes that govern their members, managers, shareholders, directors and officers. The statutes are back-filled by common

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Psilocybin Fundraising: Five Tips on Approaching Investors

Businesses and individuals will begin applying for Oregon Health Authority (OHA) psilocybin licenses in two short months. We have been helping people form businesses and raise funds in anticipation of the new program. In some deals we represent the investors; in others we represent the business. This blog post will cover five important considerations for