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Oregon Cannabis: Did OLCC Let Curaleaf Skate?

Last summer, the Massachusetts based retailer Curaleaf mistakenly mixed-up THC with CBD at a bottling plant in Portland. Approximately 1,500 mislabeled bottles containing what the Oregonian describes as a “jumbo” dose of THC were shipped under the brand name Select and sold as containing only CBD. Although many of the bottles were recalled at the

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New York Cracks Down on Unlicensed Cannabis Sales

The New York Police Department (“NYPD”) crackdown on unlicensed cannabis sales comes as New York is poised to start awarding Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary (“CAURD”) licenses in the coming weeks. The Office of Cannabis Management (“OCM”) has stated on numerous occasions that those caught selling cannabis without a CAURD license, or a medical license,

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New York CAURD Application Review: All Together Now!

In all of the news about New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) starting to accept applications for Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) license applications, one glaring piece of information was missing: will the OCM review applications on a rolling basis starting on August 25, 2022? Or, will OCM review applications all together when the

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Elections 2022: Cannabis Ballot Measures

Election season is coming. This means that cannabis ballot measures, initiatives, initiated proposals, legislative proposals, etc. are moving to the fore. I won’t set out to explain the differences among the several state protocols. You’d leave. In the cannabis context, suffice it to say that “ballot measures” are somehow convoluted and dramatic all at once.

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The U.S. Constitution and Drug Paraphernalia

The U.S. Constitution gives Congress certain enumerated powers (Article I, Section 8), with powers “not delegated to the [federal government] by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people” (Tenth Amendment). While one of the enumerated powers is the regulation of interstate commerce, the

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New York CAURD Application Portal FAQ

In the leadup to the Office of Cannabis Management (“OCM”) application portal opening date of August 25, 2022 for Conditional Adult Use Retail Dispensary (“CAURD”) licenses we have received a few repeat questions from our clients regarding the application. This list of frequently asked questions is by no means the entirety of the questions we

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California and Inhalable CBD Products

Last year, California passed into law AB-45, which paved the way for a regulated CBD market in the state. However, California flip-flopped on inhalable CBD products. Earlier CBD legislation would have allowed them, but then drafts of AB-45 prohibited them. Finally, we landed on an interesting compromise that made basically everyone unhappy. Today I’ll unpack

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International Hemp: Guyana Takes the Stage

International hemp is big business. There are all kinds opportunities around import, export, production, processing, and sale of international hemp and hemp products. We handle these inquiries on a weekly basis, and have since 2018 when the federal government legalized the cultivation of hemp with the passage of the 2018 Agricultural Improvement Act (“2018 Farm Bill”).

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So You Want to Be a Cannabis Lawyer

I like being a cannabis business lawyer. It took a while for me to get there. I certainly didn’t think I would be doing this while I was in law school, or at the start of my career. Like a lot of things in life, it just sort of… happened. And I’ve learned a lot