Marijuana’s Role in Mitigating the Opioid Crisis

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) Last Thursday, the White House announced it is launching a multimillion-dollar ad campaign intending to warn young people about the dangers of opioid abuse and curb opioid addiction. It is part of the anti-opioid initiative President Trump announced in March of this year, following his declaring…

New Marijuana Licenses in Oregon are No More

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) The agency responsible for licensing marijuana businesses and enforcing relevant laws in the state of Oregon, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), announced last Thursday it will “pause” the processing and issuance of new marijuana license applications as of June 15, 2018.   I.   Announcement of Temporary…

Overproduction, Diversion, and the “New” Marijuana Black Market

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) On Friday, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Billy Williams, issued a memorandum titled “Priorities in Enforcement of Federal laws Involving Marijuana in the District of Oregon.” The memo explains that changes are afoot in enforcement policies and practices with respect to federal marijuana…

By The Numbers: A Survey of Trends in Marijuana Tax Revenues

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) Cannabis is big business, not only for industry participants, but also for the states and local jurisdictions where marijuana has been legalized and regulated through the levy and collection of excise and other taxes. A report from New Frontier Data, a cannabis-neutral policy and business…

Unlikely Heroes in Hemp Legalization

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire) An Analysis of Hemp Industries Association, et al. v. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (Case No. 17-70162) and the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (S. 2667) I.   Hemp Industries Ass’n. v. DEA (April 30, 2018) The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Hemp…

Righting the Wrongs of Past Marijuana Convictions

By: Heidi Urness, Strategic Legal Counsel at Cultiva Law (@MaryJaneEsquire)  In some states, marijuana used to land you in jail; now it can land you on the Forbes list. Even though states across the country are decriminalizing marijuana and instituting their own medicinal and recreational cannabis programs, hundreds of thousands of nonviolent people – mostly…