Oregon Cannabis

Oregon Cannabis: Recent OLCC Settlement Trends

We regularly represent marijuana businesses that find themselves on the wrong side of an OLCC charging document. The charging document will list the particular rule or rules that the OLCC alleges the licensee has violated and always, in my opinion, lists only the most severe sanctions. The OLCC sanctions schedule is laid out in tiers.

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Hemp Litigation: What Does a Good Hemp Supply Agreement Look Like?

We write and speak often about hemp litigation and the importance of a good hemp supply contract. That’s because a common thread in many of the cases winding through the courts is the lack of a contract that clearly defines the expectations and obligations of the hemp grower and purchaser.  Here are a few of

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Oregon Psychedelics: Psilocybin on the Ballot this November!

On June 29, the folks at “Yes On IP 34” announced that the Psilocybin Therapy Initiative will qualify for the ballot this November in Oregon.  The campaign said it had collected over 164,000 signatures and that its recent submission of additional signatures would comfortably put the initiative above the requirements. This is exciting news! You

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Using Marijuana Tax Revenue to Promote Racial Justice

Nationwide protests in the wake of the police killing George Floyd have reignited a public debate over police brutality in the United States. People are demanding police forces be defunded or even disbanded. The call to defund the police is of course a financial issue but it is also about building constructive police alternatives. It

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Oregon Cannabis: What to Do If You Receive an OLCC Notice of Proposed License Cancellation or Other “Charging Document”

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (“OLCC”) is tasked with regulating medical and recreational cannabis in Oregon and this includes commencing administrative enforcement proceedings against licensees found in violation of one or more rules. The OLCC may seek sanctions against licensees ranging from a monetary penalty and/or a period of suspension to license cancellation. We sat

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Hemp Trademark Litigation Update: National Grange Sues Oregon-Based Hemp Grange

In our ongoing coverage of trademark litigation in the cannabis space, we now have a lawsuit filed by National Grange against the Oregon-based Hemp Grange. The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry (or the National Grange) is the nation’s oldest agricultural fraternal organization. The National Grange is a “family, community organization with

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Oregon Hemp Litigation: Investor Alleges He Was Shut Out of Hemp Company

We have been tracking hemp-related litigation for some time. We’ve written about disputes between hemp growers and purchasers, seizures of hemp by law enforcement, consumer class action lawsuits, bankruptcy and other business disputes. Here are just a few of those articles: Oregon Hemp Litigation: New Cases Demonstrate the Continued Importance of Due Diligence Oregon Hemp-CBD

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Oregon Cannabis and Coronavirus: The New Rules

On March 23, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed Executive Order No. 20-12 (the “Order”), which mandates that Oregonians stay home and observe social distancing and community mitigation measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Order, in part, expressly prohibits the operation of certain non-essential businesses, such as amusement parks, barber shops and gyms. The

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Cannabis and Coronavirus: When is Contract Performance “Impossible” and Excused?

Last week, Vince Sliwoski wrote a post titled “Cannabis and Coronavirus: What Your Business Should Do Right Now” offering some high-level thoughts on how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on cannabis businesses. One of the topics included reviewing contracts, regarding which Vince said: Pull these out and dust them off, whether it’s a lease, loan

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Hemp CBD Across State Lines: Oregon

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) legalized hemp by removing the crop and its derivatives from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and by providing a detailed framework for the cultivation of hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill gives the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulatory authority over hemp