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Oregon and Washington: A Tale of Two Recreational Marijuana Laws

Last week, I participated in The Oregonian’s Speaker Series (at The Bing Lounge in Portland) discussing what Oregon can learn from Washington’s marijuana legalization regime. A fitting time to dish on such a topic since the polls are indicating that Oregonians are ready to legalize recreational marijuana this fall via Initiative 91. The intent and purpose of

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Illinois MMJ FAQs: Answers for Dispensaries from the State

This week’s announcement from the state of Illinois confirming the application window for prospective dispensary and cultivation businesses was accompanied by two sets of FAQs from the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. These FAQs were compiled following the series of town hall meetings held around the state

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Cannabis Regulators: Who Watches The Watchers?

Owners of highly-regulated businesses know all too well that their regulators are human. We practice marijuana business law in a number of different states, all of which are highly regulated by one or more state agencies. And those agencies, and the people within them, make mistakes from time to time that directly impact our cannabis

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Cannabis In Oregon. The Video.

Thursday night, one of our cannabis business lawyers, Hilary Bricken, spoke in Portland, Oregon, regarding Oregon’s upcoming initiative 91 to legalize recreational marijuana and the future of marijuana in Oregon, generally.The event was put on by Portland’s main newspaper, The Oregonian, and expertly moderated by its cracker-jack cannabis reporter, Noelle Crombie. The event actually sold

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Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program: A Little More Clarity

  Two of our lawyers from our Chicago office attended the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Town Hall Meeting in Chicago yesterday. This is a report from that Town Hall meeting. More than 500 people were in attendance and many questions were asked of government officials from the Illinois state agencies relevant to Illinois’s pilot

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Ten Things to Avoid To Succeed with Your Marijuana Business

Our cannabis business lawyers have been on the front lines of representing marijuana businesses since 2010 and that has enabled us to see a lot of both good and bad things in this industry. And though the good has overwhelmingly exceeded the bad, we would be remiss if we did not do what we can

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Top Ten FAQs Regarding Nevada Medical Marijuana

Given that today is the final day on which individuals can apply to the State of Nevada for a registration certificate to own and operate a medical cannabis business (what the state calls a “Medical Marijuana Establishment” or “MME”), it is only fitting that we share with you the top ten questions our Nevada cannabis

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New York’s Compassionate Care Act and The Road Ahead

I attended the National Cannabis Industry Association luncheon in New York City last week on the state of New York State’s recently enacted Compassionate Care Act. The highlights of this altogether excellent event were speeches by New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz and New York State Senator Diane Savino. Both speeches were thoughtful and both provided insight

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North Las Vegas Finalizes its Local Marijuana Rules

In keeping with a municipal-control trend in Nevada, the City of North Las Vegas recently finalized and released its local medical marijuana rules, and those rules are just as onerous as the ones we saw in the City of Las Vegas. Many people are learning the hard way that in a state like Nevada, where

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BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Enacts Marijuana Rules

Yesterday, Chicago’s city council enacted a zoning ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries within the city. That ordinance essentially makes most business and commercial strips fair game for a dispensary, so long as the dispensary also complies with the state law requirement that it be at least 1,000 feet away from a school or day