In what will certainly be one of her final executive actions as Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown has pardoned state-level convictions for possession of one (1) ounce or less of marijuana. The pardons will apply when the only charge in the case involved simple possession of less...

In our second installment of the legislative installment we bring you the remaining bills in both houses. The following summary contains the rest of the significant bills introduced for the 2022 legislative sessions, and industry participants are encouraged to keep an eye out for the...

February 18, 2022, brought the close of the last day to introduce bills for the 2022 California legislative session. In the coming months, each house will now discuss, amend, vote on, and pass these bills—the last day to pass any bills for this year, in...

Oregon Enforces Moratorium on New Recreational Cannabis Licenses On March 2, 2022, the Oregon State Senate passed HB 4016, which extends and expands the long-standing Oregon Liquor & Cannabis Commission (OLCC) recreational cannabis licensing moratorium. HB 4016 extends the licensing moratorium through at least March 3,...

The City of Portland just announced that it will be offering limited funding grants to minority owned businesses that were negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and other economic stresses during calendar years 2020 and 2021. Cannabis businesses in Oregon have faced a range of...

The delta COVID variant has swept the nation this year—but so has another delta. We’re talking, of course, about delta-8 THC, a milder form of THC that’s closely related to the standard delta-9 or “regular” THC. Because delta-8 is generally derived from hemp, it’s unregulated—and...

Amendments to WAC 314-55-040, establishing new “threshold review” criteria for licensees and license applicants. WSR 21-18-125, published September 1, 2021, establishes several amendments to WAC 314-55-040, previously entitled “What criminal history might prevent a marijuana license applicant from receiving or keeping a marijuana license?” The first amendment...

It’s easy to get excited about the cannabis industry when you hear that legal cannabis sales in the U.S. grew 30 percent in 2020 to a whopping $22 billion, outpacing the $17.5 billion spent on wine. If you’re a savvy, experienced businessperson, you might mistake...

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