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We regularly represent Oregon marijuana licensees in administrative proceedings commenced by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).  As anyone with a license knows, the OLCC regulates medical and recreational cannabis in Oregon. This includes enforcing the administrative rules against licensees when the OLCC believes a licensee has violated the administrative rules found in Chapter 845, Division 25.

When the OLCC believes a licensee has violated a rule, it issues a “charging document.” (See What to Do If You Receive an OLCC Notice of Proposed License Cancellation or Other “Charging Document.) The charging documents is akin to a complaint in civil litigation, or an indictment in a criminal proceeding, in that the OLCC recites the facts leading to its conclusion that one or more rules have been violated, cites the particular rules at issue, and the proposed sanction.

If the licensee disputes the charges, the licensee can request an administrative hearing which is essentially a trial before an administrative law judge. But the evidentiary and procedural rules for administrative hearings differ from ordinary civil litigation. (See here re discovery.) Generally speaking, the usual rules of evidence do not apply, instead the admissibility of evidence is governed by a more liberal reliability

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Being a mom means having to come up with a pretty big toolbox full of problem-solving skills, coping mechanisms, and self-care strategies. Everyone’s toolbox looks different, but for a growing number of moms cannabis takes up a slot. Since its legalization in many parts of the country, more and more moms are integrating marijuana into their self-care regimen, saying it helps them not only relax and deal with everything on their plates but also helps them be better parents.

Celebrities, while having a boatload of privilege the rest of us don’t, also have stressors us normal folks don’t have, like being trailed by paparazzi or dealing with hate from tons of anonymous internet trolls on the regular. So it should come as no surprise that moms from Megan Fox to Whoopi Goldberg need a way to unwind, switch off their anxiety, and enjoy the moment.

Though weed is riding a wave of popularity since it became legal in many states, cannabis is still seen as a rather unorthodox mom-tool. But after numerous scientific studies proving its effectiveness as therapy for a number of mental health disorders and for everyday stress as well, more and more moms are jumping on the

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New Mexico became the latest state to legalize recreational cannabis for adults 21 years and older after Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed two bills into law on Monday.

“This legislation is a major, major step forward for our state. Legalized adult-use cannabis is going to change the way we think about New Mexico for the better – our workforce, our economy, our future,” Governor Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “We’re going to start righting past wrongs of this country’s failed war on drugs. And we’re going to break new ground in an industry that may well transform New Mexico’s economic future for the better.”

The two bills were approved by lawmakers on March 31 after the Governor, a Democrat and vocal supporter of cannabis reform, called a special session. House Bill 2 legalizes and regulates marijuana production, sales, and possession while Senate Bill 2 enacts the automatic review and expungement of records for people convicted of low-level marijuana crimes.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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The cannabis world has its flags at half mast today, as we say goodbye to legendary member of the cannabis community, Peggy Noonan.

Peggy Noonan was best known as CEO and founder of Copia, formerly known as Cornucopia Health and Wellness, an Arizona-based edibles company that helped pave the way for legal cannabis and high-quality products in her home state. She passed away on April 10 following four years of coping with a leukemia diagnosis.

For the past 10 years, Noonan has been focused on helping build Copia, a company that can boast the first scratch-made edibles kitchen in Arizona and famous for their wittily named and tasty products like OGeez! Gummies, K.I.N.D. concentrates, Weedish Fish, German chocolate brownies, and a line of Tommy Chong cannabis. Noonan left her mark on the cannabis industry with the creative and prolific work she did. 

“For those who knew my mother, it goes without saying that she loved this company and the Arizona community, and bringing the passion she put into the company to others,” said Bran Noonan, who will step into Peggy’s former role in the company, according to a press release. “My

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A California dispensary is calling attention to the environmental impact of cannabis packaging waste with a campaign that encourages customers to help recycle some of the industry’s plastic into diesel fuel. And to thank the company’s clientele for its support, customers who bring in plastic packaging from cannabis products into Airfield Supply Co. of San Jose, California will get a special reward for their trouble.

The problem of plastic waste is not a new one, Airfield Supply Co. noted in a press release about the campaign, which was planned for the run-up to the 4/20 cannabis high holiday. Approximately 6.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced worldwide in the last 60 years, but only 9% of that total has been recycled. And each year, about 300 million pounds of cheap plastic waste is generated, with about 8 million pounds of it ending up in the world’s oceans.

Unfortunately, the legal cannabis industry has become a significant contributor to the problem of plastic packaging waste. Because of strict regulations governing how cannabis products must be packaged, many end up being marketed in much more plastic than is really necessary.

Child-resistant and tamper-evident packaging is mandatory in California but often that means brands use

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Next up in our series of posts on New York’s Marijuana Revenue and Taxation Act (MRTA) is a deep dive into the adult-use licensing provisions.  There is a lot to unpack here and a wealth of information on the license types and the licensing process. So much so that we will be splitting our summary of the MRTA’s adult-use licensing provisions into 3 parts.

Part 1 details the types of licenses authorized by the MRTA and restrictions governing each type of license. Part 2 will detail the MRTA’s provisions regarding the license application process.  Part 3 will go over New York’s social and economic equity program and everything else applicants need to know about adult-use licensing.

Before we get started, the standard caveat: the MRTA only provides the framework for the adult-use licensing process. The rules and regulations governing the application process and New York’s cannabis industry will be developed and implemented by the Cannabis Control Board (CCB). Our summary is based only on the text of the MRTA, and the actual rules and regulations may be different once the CCB begins its rulemaking process.

Now let’s get into it. The MRTA authorizes several different license types, each of which

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It’s official: the leader of New Mexico just signed a cannabis bill into law, adding to the growing ranks of already legal U.S. states.

The law was signed this week by Democrat Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. With this new ruling, those 21 and up will be able to possess cannabis. Home growing will be legal, as will a regulated market that is projected to start in 2022. It will also allow for the expungement of past cannabis records. Those serving time for cannabis may also be eligible for resentencing.

While it’s still exciting that legal cannabis is official, Governor Lujan Grisham was definitely expected to sign. She has worked hard to push for legalization since she first got into office, even going so far as to call a special session to hear a legal cannabis bill. It was the House and Senate that were closer calls, but her signature still makes the New Mexico law official and ushers in a new era.

While New Mexico has had a medical cannabis program since 2007, for a long time, their acceptance of the plant stopped at medicine. Nearby states like California and Colorado have long since implemented recreational cannabis, but New Mexico is just now

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A US man who legally enjoyed some cannabis in his home of Las Vegas is now facing three years in prison in the United Arab Emirates after being caught with traces of it in his urine, according to his attorney’s website Detained in Dubai.

Peter Clark, 51, flew to Dubai on February 24 on a business trip looking for a recording studio. The retired game designer then went to a hospital following a pancreatitis attack. He was reported to authorities when doctors found hashish traces in his urine, which is considered possession in the UAE.

Clark was arrested on March 3 despite cannabis being legal in Nevada where he consumed it, kept in a “flea-ridden cell”, and has been waiting in his hotel since getting out of jail.

“Lost a ton of weight, no shower, no food, nothing to drink since I got here, no sleep,” he said in a video after getting out. Clark adds that he did not bring drugs to Dubai, nor purchased or consumed them there.

– Read the entire article at Stuff.

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Yes, he did that.

Actor Jaleel White, famous for his cultural touchstone role as Steve Urkel in Family Matters, is entering the cannabis industry. Through a partnership with 710 Labs, White’s new cannabis line called ItsPurpl features variants of the popular cannabis strain Purple Urkle. It is set to launch on April 20, 2021. The brand will be on dispensary shelves in California, to start, potentially growing to more marketplaces in the future.

“The thing that always stood out to me was there no clear brand leader for fire purple weed,” says Jaleel White. “It made no sense to me, that no company of significance had claimed this lane, so why not me?”

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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An American is facing potentially years in a Dubai prison for something he did legally in the United States.

In a cautionary and chilling tale that has drawn attention to the United Arab Emirates’ ultra-punitive anti-drug laws, Peter Clark has found himself in legal jeopardy over what appears to be an incredibly unfortunate series of events.

Here’s the backstory, which comes via the website “Detained in Dubai”, a group founded by Radha Stirling that claims to “have helped thousands of victims of injustice over the past ten years”: Clark, a resident of Las Vegas, flew to Dubai on February 24 “to assess professional recording studios.” There, he was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment for pancreatitis. While at the hospital, personnel conducted a urine test and “found residue traces of hashish.”

The website’s account continues: “They dutifully reported their findings to police who promptly turned up to the hospital to charge Peter, who was still in a drowsy state, having not been able to eat or drink since he was admitted. On the 3rd of March, Peter was handcuffed and taken to Al Barsha police station, where he was put in a detention cell with three other men. He didn’t understand why

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