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Oregon Recreational Marijuana Businesses – Part 1 of 2 – Who Can Own One?

This week, I received calls from two out-of-state clients who each hope to apply for licensure through the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to open an Oregon recreational marijuana business. One of these individuals hopes to apply for a grower license; the other wishes to run a retail shop. Measure 91 said nothing about age,

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Maryland Publishes Proposed Medical Marijuana Business Regulations

  Medical cannabis may be available to Maryland patients by July 2016. In a big step toward making this timeframe a reality, Maryland just published its proposed medical cannabis regulations. These regulations detail the application and licensing requirements for medical cannabis growers, processors, and dispensaries. The publication of these proposed regulations starts the clock ticking on

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Oregon Marijuana Legalization: Five Things You Must Do Now to Prepare

Oregon’s recreational cannabis industry is finally on the fast track. The OLCC recently convened its rulemaking committees and HB 3400 (which implements Measure 91) appears primed to sail through the legislature.  On January 4, 2016, the OLCC will begin accepting license applications for commercial growers, processors, wholesalers and retailers. That’s everyone. With only six months

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Oregon’s New Recreational Marijuana Market (Sorry, Eastern Oregon)

Oregon’s House-Senate marijuana committee unanimously approved House Bill 3400, a significant milestone in regulation of the commercial cannabis market. HB 3400 was approved after weeks of wrangling in the legislature. A primary sticking point was whether cities and counties would be allowed to ban pot sales (both medical and recreational) in their communities. Unfortunately for

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Oregon Cannabis Ventures into Uncharted Territory With Wholesale Licenses

I was recently selected to sit on the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s (“OLCC”) Wholesale Technical Advisory Committee. This committee will meet throughout the summer to craft regulations for Oregon’s recreational marijuana program under Measure 91. We have been tasked with developing regulations and licensure requirements for Oregon’s cannabis wholesalers. Oregon’s stand-alone license concept for marijuana

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The Future of Marijuana Licensing: Greater Barriers to Entry?

We’re starting to see a distinct trend with state-sanctioned marijuana operational licenses: the “pay-to-play, greatest barrier to entry” model. In this sort of system, there is usually some combination of the following, all geared towards reducing the number of cannabis businesses actually granted a license and towards making sure that those with licenses are very well-funded:

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Seattle Changes Its Tune (Again) About Medical Cannabis

Seattle has been on a roller-coaster ride with medical cannabis since summer 2010. We’ve blogged before about how the Emerald City, which once embraced collective garden access points (a/k/a medical marijuana dispensaries), has gone somewhat sour on them in recent months due to a general lack of state regulation. At one point, Seattle even threatened

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Nevada Marijuana Update: Dispensaries For Sale, And More

Last week the Nevada Senate Committee on Finance unanimously voted to approve SB276 to reallocate dispensary licenses initially meant for rural counties, but never claimed. In total, there are eight licenses potentially up for grabs in Las Vegas and Three in the Reno area. Although not previously reported, the bill also includes a provision that

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Comparing Marijuana Licensing Models

One of the key provisions states enact when they pass marijuana legislation is their model for how the state will dole out marijuana business licenses. We have worked on license applications in many states, including Washington, Nevada, Florida Illinois, Minnesota, New York,  Every state has presented unique challenges, but how they run the licensing process

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New York Cannabis Licensing: The Basics*

Here in New York, it feels like we are (finally) off to the races. The New York State Department of Health recently posted the application for medical marijuana manufacturers and dispensaries, with two very important deadlines. The first is a May 5 at 4:00pm EST deadline to submit any questions to the Department regarding the application.