Oregon Cannabis: Black and White Markets

By | Canna Law Blog™ | April 11, 2017
Made in OregonLast month, the Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section published a report titled “A Baseline Evaluation of Cannabis Enforcement Priorities in Oregon.” It’s a great read. The big takeaway, as reported by The Oregonian, is that Oregon remains a top source for black market pot— despite our legal cannabis programs. View Full Post
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Federal Marijuana Policy: The Governors Speak

By | Canna Law Blog™ | April 4, 2017
Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 11.53.02 PMYesterday, the governors of Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska submitted a brief, plainspoken letter to two federal officials: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin. The letter requests that the Trump administration respect states’ rights, and engage with the governors “before embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems” related to state-legal marijuana. View Full Post
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Tribal Cannabis Update: First Peoples Move Ahead

By | Canna Law Blog™ | March 28, 2017
Cannabis LeafOver the past couple of years, we have written about tribal cannabis and the efforts by various tribes in Oregon, Washington and elsewhere to roll out marijuana programs. Last week, at the Cannabis Law & Policy course I teach, we had the great pleasure of hosting Pi-Ta Pitt from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribe here in Oregon. View Full Post
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Marijuana Sale-and-Leaseback: Pulling Money from the Land

By | Canna Law Blog™ | March 21, 2017
Everyone who grows cannabis needs real estate. Some growers start with a small piece of land, but others require acreage to accomplish their goals. New growers, in particular, tend to over-reach on the land piece. As business operations proceed, and harvest dates are pushed back for any number of reasons, the grower may wish it had held back some cash for operations, rather than dropped so much into the land. View Full Post
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The Government Cannabis Research Fail

By | Canna Law Blog™ | March 14, 2017
Government cannabis lawyersYesterday, the Washington Post ran an illuminating and sad little story on government marijuana, which is pot grown under the oversight of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The government marijuana photographed and featured in the story is a sample distributed to a researcher for use in ongoing clinical studies for treatment of military veterans suffering from PTSD. View Full Post
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Cannabis Law 101: Could the Federal Government Really Shutter State Programs?

By | Canna Law Blog™ | February 28, 2017
tenth-amendmentYesterday, we wrote about the various ways that enforcement of federal cannabis laws could ensue, if the current administration were bullheaded enough to attempt such a thing. The day before, we wrote about the Washington State Attorney General’s promise to fight any potential enforcement action. View Full Post
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Cannabis and Commercial Real Estate: Tomorrow’s Seminar

By | Canna Law Blog™ | February 21, 2017
Marijuana Real EstateTomorrow, I will co-present a national continuing legal education (“CLE”) for the American Law Institute, titled “Cannabis and Commercial Real Estate.” I will present this 90-minute seminar and webcast with Daniel Dersham, a talented real estate attorney with the San Francisco law firm Wiley & Bentaleb LLP. View Full Post
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