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Washington State Gets Closer to a Single Marijuana Marketplace

Last week, the Washington State House passed its own version of a bill that seeks to repair both Initiative 502 for recreational marijuana and current medical marijuana laws. The goal of this bill is to make I-502 businesses more competitive with the existing medical and illegal marketplaces and to ensure harmony between recreational and medical cannabis

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Nevada Marijuana: SB 372 Is About More Than Cats and Dogs

In March, Nevada Democratic Senator Tick Segerblom introduced a new piece of legislation concerning production, manufacturing, distribution, and use of medical marijuana, raising a few eyebrows along the way. What makes Senate Bill 372 so interesting is that it will allow veterinarians to issue medical marijuana cards to pets if their owners are Nevada residents and if the

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More Marijuana Taxes: Multi-State Income Taxation

Because marijuana remains illegal on the federal level, transporting it across state lines is a federal crime. It is therefore understandable then that most marijuana companies consider their state tax obligations to be limited to just one state. However, as the cannabis industry expands, out-of-state investors need to consider the state income tax impact of their

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Will Medical and Recreational Cannabis Be Kept Separate in Oregon?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, every state with existing medical marijuana laws that implements a parallel recreational regime will, at some point, have to grapple with whether the two industries should merge into one. Cue Oregon and its current dialogue over what to do about the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) and

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Marijuana In Alaska Is Now Legal: What Does That Mean?

On February 24th, Alaska became the third state to legalize adults using and possessing certain amounts of marijuana. Despite this development, you cannot start selling cannabis willy-nilly in Alaska. You will need to register with the state to cultivate, manufacture, and distribute cannabis for public consumption. And the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABCB), the agency

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Navigating Marijuana Business Violations: Handle With Care

As marijuana enforcement officers are getting more comfortable with their roles, they are stepping up their efforts of ensuring that marijuana businesses are in full compliance with all applicable rules. What this means for your business is that the odds just keep going up that you will likely get called out for a compliance violation. We

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Washington State’s New Answer For Regulated Medical Marijuana: Get Ready Now

Washington legislators recently dropped a slew of bills to regulate medical marijuana and to harmonize it with Initiative 502, the state’s recreational cannabis law. For weeks now, no one has been able to predict which if any of these bills will emerge as the victor for overhauling medical cannabis in the Evergreen State. That changed though

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Federal Marijuana Legalization: NOT Optional

Though about half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized or decriminalized the use of marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use, marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Under the federal Controlled Substances Act, marijuana is a Schedule I drug, which means it is deemed to have a high potential for abuse

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Illinois Marijuana: Let The Lawsuits Begin

With cultivation and dispensary license winners announced only last week, the era of legalized medical marijuana is barely dawning in Illinois. But, predictably, litigiousness is also starting to rear its ugly head. If you had asked us two weeks ago what people would have been itching to sue about, we would have guessed the state’s delay

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Legal Hemp in Oregon: It’s About Time

Recreational marijuana isn’t the only thing to get excited about in Oregon. Just this week, Oregon’s rules to obtain an industrial hemp permit just went into effect and Oregon’s Department of Agriculture (ODA) has begun accepting applications to grow hemp. Oregonians should expect to see the state’s very first state-legal hemp crop in the ground this