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Does Medical Licensing Make Sense in Recreational Jurisdictions?

Cannabis licensing has a pretty standard trajectory by this point in time. States tend to start out with medical programs and later adopt recreational programs. What usually happens is that the recreational cannabis market swallows up the medical market. The majority of medical operators will seek out and get authorization to sell recreational cannabis, and

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Are More Successful Residency Challenges Coming for Cannabis?

Seen as a protectionist, cottage measure to some stakeholders, residency requirements for cannabis licensure have been a staple in the industry since Washington and Colorado legalized cannabis statewide back in 2012. When I lived in Seattle, the local industry was mostly stoked then that “big money” and out-of-state interests couldn’t easily crash the party that

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New York’s Cannabis Control Board: First Meeting News

Yesterday on October 5, 2021 at 1:30 pm, New York’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) held its inaugural meeting. The meeting was broadcast live, with the recording and transcript of the meeting available here. So what is the news coming out of the meeting? The short answer is that the CCB and the Office of Cannabis

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California’s Adopted Emergency Cannabis Regulations: What Made the Cut

We wrote a couple of times about the Department of Cannabis Control’s (DCC) proposed emergency regulations. See here and here. Under those regulations, some interesting changes were proposed around the definitions of owners and financial interest holders, alongside restrictions on license stacking on “contiguous” premises (among other things). On September 15, 2021, the DCC submitted

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New York’s Cannabis Control Board: First Meeting October 5th!

In yet another positive development since Governor Kathy Hochul took the reins and started pushing the roll out of New York’s cannabis industry, on Wednesday the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) announced the first meeting of the Cannabis Control Board (CCB). The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 1:30 pm and

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New York’s Cannabis Control Board: And We Are Set!

On September 22, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul appointed the final two (2) board members to the Cannabis Control Board (CCB). As per the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), Governor Hochul was responsible for appointing two (2) board members, neither of whom need to be approved by the legislature. We now officially have the completed

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Oregon Cannabis: Key Updates from the OLCC at Third Annual Cannabis Law Institute

Last Friday and Saturday, members of the Oregon Bar gathered (online) for the third annual Cannabis Law Institute (CLI) put on by the Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Section of the Oregon State Bar. Topics included agricultural liens and receiverships, securities in the cannabis industry, federal and state hemp updates, Oregon’s Psilocybin Act, and the failures

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New York’s Cannabis Control Board: Two More Appointments

The forward progress keeps on coming! This week, New York’s legislature made its two appointments to the Cannabis Control Board (CCB), leaving us just two appointments shy of a full board. As per the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), the five (5) person CCB is comprised of a Chairperson (nominated by the governor and

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Oregon Cannabis: Why Public Records Laws Matter to Oregon Marijuana Businesses

Every state has some form of open records laws. Most of us have probably heard of the Freedom of Information Action (“FOIA”) which is the federal open records law. The purpose of the FOIA according to the U.S. Supreme Court is “to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed