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Oregon Cannabis: New Rules, Part 1

The coming New Year heralded new administrative regulations for marijuana in the State of Oregon. These changes came through the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) rulemaking process. That process, in turn, stems from cannabis laws passed by the Oregon legislature earlier this year. We gave a brief overview of the new rules last week.

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Oregon Cannabis: State of the State (2021)

Welcome to the sixth annual “State of the State” post on Oregon cannabis. This year was relatively staid compared to 2020, but key features included: a plateau in pricing and regulated sales; intensifying local competition; important new laws, administrative rules and policies; a hollowed out hemp market; and some interesting large company activity. Sales look

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Oregon Cannabis: OLCC Will Resume Processing New License Applications!

Big news from the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) this week as it announced it has resumed accepting and processing of new marijuana retailer, wholesaler, and processor applications submitted after June 15, 2018. This is welcome news as the OLCC had imposed an administrative “pause” on new applications to focus on existing licensees and

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Oregon Cannabis Compliance: Three Common Problems

An Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) licensee must comply with all rules stemming from ORS 475B. There are a lot of them. These rules have been in a constant state of flux since 2015, and they are buttressed by other sets of permanent rules, temporary rules, proposed rules, bulletins and guidance. In my experience,

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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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Oregon Cannabis: Deschutes County Sues OLCC and DOR for a Share of Marijuana Tax Revenues

Deschutes County (“DC”) has had a contentious relationship with marijuana and, by extension, the Oregon Liquor & Cannabis Commission (“OLCC”). See here, here, here, and here. In the latest development, DC filed suit last week against the Oregon Department of Revenue (“DOR”) and the OLCC concerning distributions from the Oregon Marijuana Account. According to the

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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

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Oregon’s New Proposed Hemp Production Regulations

On Monday, August 30, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) released proposed updates to its hemp regulations. If you follow this blog, you may recall that in July Oregon enacted HB 3000, an omnibus bill covering a wide range of hemp-related issues. One of the new law’s provisions authorizes ODA to update its existing rules

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The Cannabis Expert Witness

For the past few years, I have been engaged as an expert witness on a series of cannabis litigation matters here in Oregon. My partner Hilary Bricken also has handled a spate of them in California during the same period. The way litigants use experts varies across jurisdictions due to local rules of evidence and