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The Perils of Bad Cannabis Leases

The landlord-tenant relationship is probably the most challenging relationship in the cannabis industry. We’ve seen a lot of deals go south over the years, and while partnership disputes are very common, landlord-tenant disputes are also frequent and in some cases are even more common than partnership disputes. There are a lot of factors at play

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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,

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New York Cannabis Licensing, Part 1: MRTA Adult Use License Types

Next up in our series of posts on New York’s Marijuana Revenue and Taxation Act (MRTA) is a deep dive into the adult-use licensing provisions.  There is a lot to unpack here and a wealth of information on the license types and the licensing process. So much so that we will be splitting our summary

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Cannabis Lending Issues in Arizona

It is not very common for banks and financial institutions to provide commercial loans to cannabis companies in Arizona. So why is that? The answer is not always as simple as it may seem. The first thing to consider is what collateral the lender could secure if it wanted to make a loan to a

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Cannabis Lawyers and Law Firms: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The state-legal cannabis industry is often a cutthroat place. State cannabis regulations are difficult to navigate and it usually takes significant capital to get a cannabis business up and running. And even once operating, margins get shrunk by aggressive and unfair federal taxes and limited access to banking. To top it off, cannabis is still

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The First Cannabis Patent Infringement Lawsuit Has Officially Concluded

We’ve reported pretty extensively on the progress of United Cannabis Corporation’s (UCANN) patent infringement lawsuit against Pure Hemp Collective, Inc. since it was filed back in July 2018. (See posts here, here, here, here, here, here… and here!) In the initial months, this was a fascinating case to watch because it was the first of its

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Cannabis and Ballots, Part 2: Peru

Five* Latin American nations are holding presidential elections in 2021, with some important legislative elections taking place as well. Some of these contests have implications for cannabis policy, and we will be looking at what is at stake in each vote. In January, we previewed Ecuador’s presidential contest, the second round of which will be

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How New York Cannabis Legalization Prioritizes Equity

After years of fits and starts, New York finally legalized adult-use cannabis and expanded its previously restrictive medical cannabis program. As the nation’s third largest economy and fourth most populous state, New York has the opportunity to set the gold standard for state cannabis industries. New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”) establishes industry

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Washington State Considers the Future of Its Cannabis Industry

I absolutely loved Washington State when I lived there. I lived in Seattle for seven years and was one of the first attorneys in the state to take on medical cannabis business clients in 2010 and then again with adult use clients in 2012 when I-502 passed. Our law firm is a pioneer in the