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Oregon Marijuana and the “Local Option” — May You Live in Interesting Times

Last Tuesday, I wrote about Oregon’s “Local Option”, which allows cities and counties to legislate against marijuana related activities under certain circumstances and to certain extents. There are two key factors governing whether and how a given Oregon city or county can opt out. These are best understood as: (1) what type of marijuana related

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Nevada Marijuana Licenses for Sale!

Well, it’s official. The secondary market we predicted would result from SB 276 has reared its head, and in spectacular fashion.  For those of you who didn’t catch our previous posts, SB 276 reapportioned unused dispensary licenses, largely in response to ongoing litigation in Las Vegas. In a last-minute oral amendment, a section was added to allow for

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New York Medical Cannabis Licensing: Is It Worth It For Anyone?

On July 31, 2015, the New York State Department of Health awarded five licenses for medical marijuana cultivation, processing, and distribution authorized by the state’s Compassionate Care Act that went into effect on July 5, 2014. These five license recipients now have a deadline of January 5, 2016, or eighteen months from the date the law

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Hawaii Overhauls Its Medical Marijuana Program

Though created in 2000, Hawaii’s cannabis regime has not provided for any regulated commercial marketplace for its approximately 13,000 patients. That all changed last week, after Hawaii Governor David Ige signed into law HB321, overhauling the state’s medical marijuana program and bringing it up to par with a growing number of medical cannabis states. Many aspects of Hawaii’s revamped medical

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Seattle Passes New Medical Marijuana Ordinance

The Seattle City Council recently passed Council Bill 118419 and Resolution 31595, setting forth the city’s official stance on medical marijuana businesses. Ultimately, MMJ businesses that have held a city business license before January 1, 2013 will be allowed to continue to operate until July 1, 2016 — the city will allow those businesses to operate beyond

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King County to Crack Down on Medical Marijuana Storefronts

Earlier this week, King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg gave a stern warning that unlicensed medical marijuana shops (a/k/a access points) need to wrap up, shut down, and apply for a state license from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) if they want to continue to operate in the future. King County is by

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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