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Oregon Marijuana Law FAQs

Given the likelihood that Oregon will in November become the next state to legalize recreational marijuana (we also expect legalization to pass in Alaska), we figured it would be helpful to answer the ten most common questions our cannabis business lawyers receive regarding marijuana law in Oregon. Over the next few weeks we will do similar posts

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Oregon Marijuana: Time To Get Serious About Bad Actors

Though Oregon has finally established a regulated licensing system for its medical marijuana dispensaries, too many dispensaries are still operating without a license to do so. If Oregon allows this dual (legal/illegal) system to keep operating, it risks both federal government intervention (i.e. raids and arrests) and a system that economically discriminates against those who

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Oregon’s March To Marijuana Legalization Took Another Big Step Today

This past Tuesday, July 1, the National Cannabis Industry Association (Hilary Bricken of our firm sits on its board) hosted a reception in Portland for Oregon cannabis industry professionals. Not surprisingly, there was a great turnout. I say “not surprisingly” because of all that has transpired in Oregon recently regarding marijuana to indicate that Oregon

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BREAKING NEWS: Oregon Recreational Cannabis Down to One Initiative

What many of us suspected would be the case is now a reality: only one initiative for legalizing marijuana will be on the Oregon ballot come November. At one time, there were three, then two initiatives fighting for sufficient signatures to make it on Oregon’s November ballot, but now only that of New Approach Oregon remains.

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Oregon MMJ: Big Time Bad Behavior

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Oregon’s MMJ program feels like Seattle five years ago (and like Los Angeles today), when there was little to no marijuana regulation, zero state oversight, and a lot of recreational use from people feigning to be legitimate patients. That feeling was just confirmed by a 64-page report produced by

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How to Sue a City or County Over Cannabis

Our cannabis lawyers have recently been getting an increasing number of inquiries about how to sue cities and counties in both Washington and Oregon. The Washington calls have been coming since Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued an opinion stating that Washington cities and counties can “opt out” from I-502. Our Oregon calls have

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Top Ten Marijuana Industry Red Flags

We’ve been marijuana business lawyers for a long time now and in multiple states, and being on the front lines of this industry means that we have seen a lot of good and bad actors. In this post, we share the Top Ten Marijuana Industry Red Flags so that you know what to look for to

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Local Revolts: Tough Times for Marijuana with Cities and Counties

Just about every day, another city or county in a marijuana state enacts an all-out ban on any type of marijuana commercial activity, whether it's medical or recreational. Though we love fighting/suing these retrograde cities and counties at every turn, we also know how expensive and time consuming those fights can be for our cannabis clients. Why are these bans happening? Do these cities and counties have the power to prohibit marijuana sales when the State says they can take place? And what happens with these bans when the courts get involved?

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Oregon MMJ Laws Are Not There Yet

Just got back from attending the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference in Eugene, Oregon. Usually, I'm speaking at events like these, so it was nice for once to be in the crowd listening to others impart their knowledge about best practices in the ever-changing MMJ scene.

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Cannabis In Oregon. Legalization Is Coming, And Soon!

I spoke this past Saturday in Portland, Oregon, at the National Cannabis Industry Association‘s Northwest CannaBusiness Symposium. My panel was on government relations and marijuana legalization and regulation. I shared the stage with Congressman Earl Blumenauer, a known champion of the marijuana legalization movement in Congress and a loyal Oregonian, and two other panelists. Blumenauer’s