Hey, DOJ: Look at Opioids, Not Cannabis

By | Canna Law Blog™ | August 18, 2017
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 “serious questions” about their local cannabis programs (which letters the states have politely observed are misleading and inaccurate); and (3) disseminating bogus weed statistics far and wide. View Full Post
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States to Feds: Leave Marijuana Alone

By | Canna Law Blog™ | August 11, 2017
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. View Full Post
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Marijuana Benefit Companies

By | Canna Law Blog™ | July 18, 2017
The cannabis movement has always had a benevolent streak. Many people produce and disseminate the plant to alleviate illness and suffering. Others support legalization for social justice reasons– unwinding the prison industrial complex, for example. And still others are simply interested in solving hard problems, such as the outsized environmental footprint of cannabis grows. View Full Post
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Cannabis Real Estate: The Wrap-Around Mortgage

By | Canna Law Blog™ | July 7, 2017
Cannabis real estateHaving a bank loan on your cannabis property is usually not the greatest business plan. If you already own a property encumbered by a bank loan, commencing cannabis operations is a risky proposition. If you don’t own property but apply for a bank loan on a parcel to grow, process or sell marijuana, the banker will likely send you away in ten seconds or less. View Full Post
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Oregon Cannabis Legislative Update: One Month to Go

By | Canna Law Blog™ | June 8, 2017
UnknownIn January, we put together a summary of 30 or so draft bills up for consideration in the 2017 Oregon legislative session. As predicted, many of these bills have fallen by the wayside; others have been revised or consolidated. As of today, Oregon has enacted three new laws related to marijuana, with three more bills pending. View Full Post
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