Oregon Marijuana

Oregon Marijuana: OLCC to Adopt “Fix-it or Ticket” Approach for Some Rule Violations

Last month, along with streamlined licensing, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) announced a significant (and welcome) change to its compliance function by instituting a new Verification of Compliance program (VOC) that will focus on education rather than penalties for certain types of marijuana rule violations. The VOC launched in early October and arose from

California Cannabis

California Voters Expand Commercial Cannabis Opportunities Across the State: Part I

Election day this year proved to be a big step forward in terms of drug policy reform, with Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota legalizing adult-use cannabis, Mississippi legalizing medicinal cannabis, Washington DC decriminalizing a host of psychedelic plants, and Oregon leading the way by legalizing psilocybin for therapeutic use and decriminalizing non-commercial possession

California Cannabis: Past Criminal Conviction Not a Deal Breaker Under Proposed Rules Amendments

On October 16, 2020, the Bureau of Cannabis Control (“BCC”) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking relating to regulatory changes to the commercial cannabis license application process. The proposed rule changes will affect Title 16, California Code of Regulations, sections 5002, 5017, 5021 and 5600. These proposed regulations will implement the statutory changes called for

Oregon Cannabis: Here Comes Streamlined Licensing (!!)

People have been complaining about Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) marijuana licensing bottlenecks for a long time. And rightfully so. New license applications are effectively suspended (and have been for over two years), while delays in approval requests for investment intake, ownership changes and business sales make these standard business activities extremely challenging in many

The Netherlands and Cannabis: Legal Supply Chain Experiment Continues

Given that cannabis remains federally illegal in the United States (despite the fact that more than a majority of states have some form of cannabis legal reform), we get pretty excited when we see other countries undertake legalization experiments at the federal level. Canada was the first country to legalize commercial licensing for the cultivation,

L.A. Cannabis: Is An Overhaul on the Horizon?

The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) in the City of Los Angeles is making a big push for a comprehensive overhaul of certain parts of the City’s cannabis licensing protocols and its Social Equity Program. Los Angeles has been through the ringer on cannabis legal reform from the inception of the passage of Measure M

L.A. Cannabis Update: Little Fires Everywhere

The City of Los Angeles is no stranger to change and struggle around its local cannabis industry. Since the passage of Proposition M back in 2017, the City has made great strides but also suffered significant setbacks in building its licensed cannabis marketplace. Even through the COVID-19 pandemic, this trend continues for Los Angeles and

Cannabis insurance

Anatomy of a Cannabis Insurance Policy: Exclusions

Previously I wrote about insurance generally (see here) and products liability insurance specifically (see here). Today I want to look at some policy exclusions to point out potentially problematic terms that you may notice when reviewing your insurance contract during your annual insurance audit. First, I need to mention some truths that I believe are