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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

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First Marijuana Tribal Conference: Tulalip Reservation on February 27

On October 28, 2014, the United States Department of Justice issued a “Policy Statement Regarding Marijuana Issues in Indian Country.” In this memo, the DOJ stated that its eight enforcement priorities will apply “in the event that sovereign Indian Nations seek to legalize the cultivation or use of marijuana in Indian Country.” At least one

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Oregon Undertakes Marijuana Rulemaking

Given that the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) must start accepting applications for state-sanctioned marijuana growers, manufacturers, and retailers no later than January 2016, it is no wonder that the agency has started moving forward with Measure 91 rule-making. Having gone through this experience with our clientele in multiple states, we know that this sort of

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Buying and Selling Marijuana Business Licenses

Our cannabis lawyers are often asked what it takes to purchase or sell a marijuana business license. This question from our clients sometimes comes up during their license application phase and it sometimes comes up after their licensing has been finalized. People tend to think of marijuana licenses as fungible commodities. This makes sense, as most

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Medical Marijuana v. Recreational Marijuana: An Update From The Front

In a move that is simultaneously noteworthy and completely expected, Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes has issued a policy memorandum that speaks to the city of Seattle’s treatment of medical marijuana businesses moving forward. In no uncertain terms, Holmes says that all commercial medical marijuana operations not licensed pursuant to Initiative 502 and the state’s recreational cannabis laws

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Florida’s Tangled Charlotte’s Web Law

As we’ve warned marijuana entrepreneurs over and over again, state marijuana regulations change with great frequency. Sometimes, the rules mutate because of industry issues that arise after implementation. And sometimes the rules change because the agency in charge got things wrong. Unfortunately for qualifying patients in Florida, Florida’s Department of Health — specifically its Office

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Alaska Marijuana FAQs

In November, Alaska passed Ballot Measure 2, allowing adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to six plants and legalizing the manufacturing and sale of marijuana. Since passage of this Measure, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has received many questions regarding how it will implement and regulate marijuana in Alaska. Here are

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Illinois Cannabis Update

Things have been relatively quiet here in Illinois since the passing of the September 22 application deadline for dispensary and cultivation center hopefuls. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Department of Agriculture have been busy grappling with the several hundred applications, and earlier this month applicants got the tiniest bit of insight

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Medical Marijuana In Washington State: Will Seattle Lead Us?

In the spring of 2011, the Washington State legislature passed Senate Bill 5073 to regulate marijuana for medical use. But based on concernswith how the federal government would respond to that Bill, then Governor Christine Gregoire vetoed those portions of the Bill that would have legalized marijuana for medical use and created a licensed and