Oregon Cannabis: 2019 Legislative Forecast and Report

The Oregon legislature has been grappling with cannabis for five consecutive years. Talking with those in Salem trenches, one senses some fatigue. At this point, over a month into the 2019 session, a preponderance of legislators appear vaguely inclined to “let it ride” and drop the big ideas when it comes to cannabis. This means…

West Coast Hemp CBD After the Farm Bill: The Video

In case you missed it, or would like to revisit some of the information, below is the recording from last week’s lunch hour webinar on west coast hemp CBD after the Farm Bill. Stay tuned for future posts answering some of the questions we weren’t able to get to during the webinar. Until then, enjoy!

The Marijuana Banking Bill is Back and Stronger Than Ever

Six years after it was initially introduced, the House Financial Services Committee released the latest draft legislation that would create a “safe harbor” for banks to serve the rapidly expanding cannabis industry on February 7, 2019. Entitled the “Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019” (or, the “SAFE Banking Act of 2019”), the bill…

California Cannabis Provisional Licensing Update

Last summer, I wrote about Senate Bill 1459, a piece of California legislation that created a new scheme of provisional licenses for cannabis operators. This provisional licensing scheme was essentially intended to replace the temporary licensing scheme that only ran through January 1, 2019 per state law. SB-1459 was necessary because the three main state cannabis…

Are CBD-Infused Alcohol Beverages Legal?

The recent wave of crackdowns on cannabidiol (“CBD”)-infused alcohol beverages has further exacerbated public confusion regarding the legal status of the cannabis plant’s non-psychoactive compound. This post provides an overview of the regulatory framework of alcoholic beverages, including pre-manufactured industrial hemp-infused drinks and “homemade” alcoholic drinks infused with CBD oil or extracts. Pre-Manufactured Alcohol Beverages…

And Best Democratic Experiment Goes to . . . (Legal?) Weed...

Now featuring cannabis!MarketWatch ran an article last week on how this year’s Academy Award swag bags “are packed” with “legal” cannabis. I’m always happy to see an article like this because it means California legalization is working. And yet, these glam-o, cannabis friendly goodie bags are a good reminder to cannabis businesses (and the ancillary businesses…