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...

There’s been a string of robberies affecting Washington State cannabis dispensaries, culminating in three deaths over just four days in March. Those robberies have led to tremendous personal and financial losses, not to mention additional operating hurdles for legitimate cannabis business owners. As if it...

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,...

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...

Watching the hypocracy of Sha’Carri and her punishment unfold has been challenging. Right out the gate, President Biden’s response is tone deaf as ever on the subject. Throwing in at the end that he is proud of her response, which was her acceptance of responsibility...

The allure of the cannabis business has cast its net long and wide over the entire nation. Some states are already seeing the revenue generated from marijuana sales reach into the billions. Still, banking within the cannabis industry remains a prickly issue. Despite a glimmer...

What has long been a major handicap to the cannabis industry may finally be coming to an end. As federal law currently stands, financial institutions in states where marijuana is still illegal cannot provide services to cannabis-related businesses. For these banks, proceeds from cannabis-related transactions...

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