Cannabis Business Registration: The Delaware Myth As business and corporate cannabis lawyers, we have registered and structured a large and ever-expanding number of pot businesses up and down the west coast. Most of these businesses are corporations or LLCs, and most of the time, these businesses are incorporated in the state where they will obtain a license to trade in marijuana....
Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), resigned his post last week amid public health and personal travel debacles. Mr. Price’s resignation drew very little coverage from cannabis reporters, however, which was sort of strange: the HHS Secretary wields more influence over cannabis law and policy than any other public official besides Attorney General Jeff...
BREAKING NEWS: DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg to Resign Tuesday afternoon, the Washington Post broke an article that acting Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) chief Chuck Rosenberg plans to resign within a week. Rosenberg is an Obama administration holdover going back to 2015, so the news was not totally unexpected. President Trump will be tasked with selecting a successor, which will lead to a confirmation hearing...
Are We Finally Getting Some Serious Federal Cannabis Research? On Monday, ace cannabis reporter Tom Angell broke a nice story regarding a Senate Appropriations Committee report that, among other things, does the following: (1) expresses “concern” at “the [limited] amount and [constricted] type of research that can be conducted on certain schedule 1 drugs, especially marijuana…”; (2) directs federal agencies to formulate a “National...
Oregon Medical Marijuana: Tracking Begins December 1st We recently mentioned that the Oregon Health Authority would soon offer guidance on seed-to-sale tracking requirements for medical cannabis. Last week, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) did exactly that, with its Medical Marijuana Information Bulletin 2017-07. The Bulletin comes pursuant to Senate Bill 1057, the most significant pot bill of the recent Oregon legislative session....
Marijuana Companies: Better To Be Formal The Irish poet and dramatist Oscar Wilde once said, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” There were no cannabis companies in those times, but the idea that a little formality never hurt anyone holds true today. In the context of running a pot venture, Wilde’s aphorism remains particularly useful as a matter of policy. So,...
Marijuana Contracts: The Trouble With Forms These days, you can find online a free legal form or template for just about any type of contract. It takes discernment, of course, to choose the best template for your purposes: the form should cover the substantive areas, to start, but it should also square with your jurisdiction, track any recent statutory amendments and...
Hey, DOJ: Look at Opioids, Not Cannabis U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is worried about this country’s “historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime.” Because he is so worried, Sessions has spent the past month doing things like: (1) asking his old colleagues for funds to prosecute the War on Drugs, including medical marijuana; (2) writing state Governors with...
States To Feds: Leave Marijuana Alone On Monday, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) adopted a formal resolution that Congress enable financial institutions to serve marijuana businesses. The most interesting thing about the resolution was its forcefulness: it did not ask Congress to pass a banking bill specific to cannabis, or even to revisit the FinCEN guidelines for financial services....
Physicians and Cannabis On Saturday, I gave a fun talk at the National University of Natural Medicine’s Medical Cannabis Conference on “Oregon Cannabis Laws and Naturopathic Doctors.” I say it was fun because almost always, we corporate cannabis lawyers wind up speaking in front of other lawyers, accountants or industry entrepreneurs. Health professionals have a different and unique perspective. This...