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When the Hunted Becomes the Hunter: Cannabis Companies Turn to RICO

We’ve been writing about Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”) lawsuits and cannabis companies since 2015. See: Federal Judge Tosses MMJ RICO Lawsuit: Don’t Let This Happen To You Cannabis Case Summary: Civil RICO Much Ado About RICO (including parts 2, 3, 4, and 5) The Neighborhood “Gangbusters”: Avoiding Cannabis RICO Lawsuits Cannabis RICO

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Oregon’s New Proposed Hemp Production Regulations

On Monday, August 30, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) released proposed updates to its hemp regulations. If you follow this blog, you may recall that in July Oregon enacted HB 3000, an omnibus bill covering a wide range of hemp-related issues. One of the new law’s provisions authorizes ODA to update its existing rules

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Cannabis in Taiwan: Podcast with Zoe Lee

Listen HERE or stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, or Soundcloud! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening around the world, and we know that our friends and clients do, as well. We are happy to provide this podcast series: Global Law and Business, hosted by international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench, where we look at the

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My Minority Partner Came Back After Years Away and Wants Money. What Do I Do?

Over the years in my practice, including several instances in the past six months, I have advised cannabis business owners when a former partner has come back to haunt the business operations, usually looking for some type of payout based on a prior conversation or an agreement originally inked upon a lost napkin or envelope.

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The End of Sisley’s Challenge to the DEA

Well, it’s over (for now) for Suzanne Sisley. As we covered last year, Sisley, et al. v. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, et al., Case No. 20-71433, was an appellate case filed by a group of scientists and veterans that had sued the DEA in May 2020. They, like so many others, argued that the DEA’s

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BREAKING: New York Appoints Heads of Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management

At long last, New York has started formalizing its cannabis industry by appointing the Chairperson of the Cannabis Control Board (CCB) and the Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). Consistent with her public statements, Governor Kathy Hochul kickstarted the process by calling back New York’s legislature for an “Extraordinary Session” to consider

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New York Cannabis Regulations: We’re Getting Closer…

Some more positive news following Governor Kathy Hochul’s ascension to New York’s Governorship: Cannabis Control Board and Office of Cannabis Management appointments should be coming soon! On August 25, 2021, the New York Post reported: “‘Nominating and confirming individuals with diverse experiences and subject matter expertise, who are representative of communities from across the state,

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Forced Labor Impacts U.S. Cannabis Industry

Back in May, we urged cannabis businesses to be mindful of the U.S. prohibition on the importation of goods produced by forced labor. Our concern stemmed from the growing interest on the part of our cannabis clients in establishing operations in countries where they can take advantage both of suitable climate conditions and low labor

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New Jersey Cannabis: Initial Rules for Adult Use Program – Part 1

On August 19, 2021, New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) released its “Initial Rules for Personal-Use of Cannabis” (Initial Rules). Th Initial Rules were much anticipated, more so given New Jersey’s proximity to New York and the potential impact these rules could have on New York’s pending program. The Initial Rules cover all aspects of