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Washington Cannabis: Liquor Control Board Proposes New/More Rules

The Washington State Liquor Control Board gave notice to the public last Friday that it is proposing more (and clarifying some) regulations for Washington’s recreational marijuana industry. Some of these proposals will be a welcome relief (like expanding the current producer plant canopy from 2 million to 8.5 million square feet and finally defining “selling

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Cannabis Promises to Keep

For most of our clients in Illinois, Nevada, and Washington, the heady days of applying for state marijuana business licenses are behind them. These states have either reviewed or are still reviewing the application submissions, which included operating plans and financials and criminal histories. In those applications, especially in competitive states, the applicants made statements

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Minnesota Medical Cannabis: Open For Business In Record Time

Minnesota is moving quickly to provide limited access to medical marijuana. Marijuana legalization is generally a slow process, with most states taking a couple of years to go from legalization to having product available for purchase. Yet Minnesota this week announced that it plans to make it possible for medical marijuana patients to be able

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How To Choose Your Cannabis Law Firm

With our blog and our Facebook page continuing to gain readers nationwide, and as our own cannabis clients expand into states in which our law firm has no licensed lawyers, cannabis businesses are regularly asking for our advice on who they should hire as attorneys in various states. Just this week we were asked about Massachusetts, Maryland,

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Illinois Cannabis Applications: From The Front Lines

The deadline to submit an application to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation or Department of Agriculture to run a dispensary or grow facility (respectively) came and went on Monday this week. With applications complete, the conversation now turns to how many applications were submitted and when decisions might be made. Yesterday afternoon

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Top Ten California Marijuana Law FAQs

Given that California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, everyone is wondering when the golden state will legalize and regulate its already omnipresent recreational black market. Although there will not be a cannabis initiative on the ballot in California this fall, many are speculating that 2016 will be the year that

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Illinois MMJ Patients: Have the Floodgates Opened?

Last Monday the Illinois Department of Public Health began accepting applications from patients seeking qualification for a medical marijuana patient card. Months ago, observers were speculating that anywhere from 15,000 to 100,000 patients would qualify to receive MMJ during the first application period. On Friday, the Department of Public Health announced it had received more

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International Cannabis Business Conference, Portland Oregon, September 13 and 14

We are expecting a large turn-out for the International Cannabis Business Conference in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14. More importantly, we expect a truly great event. The conference will be taking place at the Oregon Convention Center. The conference is self-described as follows: The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) is

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Oregon Marijuana Basics

With pending legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon, a refresher on Oregon marijuana basics is in order. Below is an interwoven “red tape” infographic of “need to know” information regarding Oregon’s current medical marijuana laws and the proposed initiative for recreational marijuana, I-91.

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Marijuana Marketing: Advertising Requirements Under I-502

Cannabis business owners in Washington State need to have a solid grasp on the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s advertising requirements, particularly as they ramp up their branding and marketing efforts as competition increases. Below is a breakdown of the eight most important advertising restrictions currently imposed under Washington State law: If you are a