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The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act: I’m in a New York State of Mind

Over the last few weeks we have seen a number of articles about New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) written by attorneys based outside of New York or (worse yet) attorneys who are not licensed to practice law in New York. We have been pretty “vocal” about the importance of selecting the right

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A Close Look at the Arizona Draft Social Equity Regulations

The Arizona Department of Health Services (the “Department”), which is the cannabis regulatory authority in Arizona, released the draft regulations for the Social Equity Opportunity Program (“SEOP”). Click here to view the draft regulations. Under the SEOP, Arizona will issue another 26 licenses. As set forth in the Arizona Revised Statutes (“A.R.S.”), the SEOP regulations

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Oregon Cannabis Industry Proposes Changes to Rules and Statutes

This note discusses legislation proposed for this year’s Oregon legislative section. Specifically, Senate Bill 408, titled “Enforcement Reform,” that seeks to amend the statutes governing recreational marijuana and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s (“OLCC”) promulgation and application of administrative rules. The chief proponents of SB 408 are the Oregon Retailers Association of Cannabis (“ORCA”), the

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New York Cannabis Licensing, Part 3: The Social and Economic Equity Plan

With a target goal of 50% of New York cannabis licenses issued to social and economic equity applicants (Equity Applicants), we thought it would be helpful to provide a detailed explanation of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act’s (MRTA) social and economic equity plan, how the license application process works vis-à-vis Equity Applicants, and critical

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New York Cannabis Licensing, Part 2: The Application Process

An Explanation of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act’s (MRTA) License Application Process We ask you to curb your enthusiasm: while the MRTA provides a framework for the license application process, the actual license application (including the license fee) will be created by the Cannabis Control Board (CCB). When? Hopefully in the next few months.

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

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 of the MRTA’s

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Arizona Cities Ban Recreational Only Marijuana Establishments

Arizonans knew zoning issues could cause headaches for dispensary owners. However, what was unanticipated are the new bans by some of the Arizona cities for recreational marijuana establishments. Shortly after the passage of Proposition 207, otherwise known as the Smart and Safe Arizona Act (the “Act”), several Arizona cities moved to ban recreational marijuana sales,

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Mexico Medical Cannabis: Fully Legal, But Is It Open?

In our last post, as well as in our Mexico cannabis webinar last month (replay here), we examined the implications, business opportunities and requirements to take advantage of the Medical Regulations that recently entered into force in Mexico. Yes, medical cannabis is now fully legal in Mexico. However, that does not mean that you are able

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Oregon Cannabis: OLCC Proposes Lowering Some Violation Penalties

A few months ago, I wrote on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s (OLCC) new Verification of Compliance (“Fix-it or Ticket”) program that focuses education rather than penalties for certain rule violations. This week the Rules Advisory Committee (“RAC”) announced a Marijuana Violation Reclassification Package which, if adopted, will reduce the presumptive penalties for certain kinds