Oregon has been all the buzz lately due to its marijuana business friendly Measure 91 and because the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is very publicly solicitating the public for its views on what should go into Oregon’s not yet finalized recreational marijuana program.
Before Measure 91’s passage, Noelle Crombie (the Oregonian’s pot reporter) and I dished in downtown Portland on what Oregonians should be expecting from its newly legalized recreational cannabis regime. Immediately after Measure 91 passed, I spoke at a terrific Oregon Public Broadcasting town hall meeting in Portland on Oregon’s Oregon’s marijuana economy and what we should be expecting in Salem on marijuana in 2015. Just this past week, I had the pleasure of going on Oregon Public Radio’s Think Out Loud show to discuss the interaction between recreational and medical marijuana in Oregon post-legalization. Rounding it out, Robert McVay (another of our Canna Law Group attorneys) was also last interviewed on Public Radio regarding Oregon’s legalized marijuana regime. In all of these interviews, we stressed how much we like Measure 91.
What makes Measure 91 so good? A number of things. First, it has a sensible and reasonable tax structure that will allow marijuana businesses to be profitable and to compete favorably with the illegal market. Second , it explicitly allows for marijuana delivery services and some home growing. Third, it prohibits cities and counties from banning marijuana businesses outright. Fourth, it allows for out-of-state participation and investment.
Oregon has looked at what has worked and what has not worked in other states, and its Measure 91 accounts for that. Measure 91 makes sense.
To help marijuana businesses better prepare for Oregon’s new legalization regime, we will be putting on a seminar in Portland on February 4 to talk about what marijuana businesses should expect from Oregon this year, and how to prepare for that. This seminar will be in downtown Portland at the World Trade Center Conference Center (our Portland office is in this building), 121 SW Salmon Street, #2.
Our cannabis business lawyers have experience working with many state marijuana licensing regimes (California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, and Washington, to name some of them) and we plan to use that experience not just to help you in parsing out what Oregon’s laws say now, but more importantly, in helping to give you a better sense of what additional laws you can expect and how you can start preparing for all of this now. We will also discuss how to protect your marijuana business with appropriate corporate structuring, intellectual property registrations and licensing, and employment and trade secret provisions. Marijuana lobbying, litigation and licensing will also be on the table.
To register for this event, go here. We are offering an early bird discount until January 16th so if you are interested in attending, you should buy your tickets NOW. There will also be a happy hour after the seminar to allow folks to get to know each other and to discuss future business plans.
We look forward to seeing you there.