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Lawsuit Challenging California Cannabis Deliveries Dismissed, But Status Quo Remains

On November 17, 2020, the Fresno County Superior Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by 24 California cities seeking to invalidate state cannabis regulations that allow delivery of cannabis to customers in jurisdictions that have banned retail commercial cannabis activity. Many industry players and media are touting the dismissal as a “win” for California cannabis companies. …

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Oregon Cannabis Stories

We love our clients. From mom-and-pop shops to multinational corporations, most of them run solid operations and behave themselves pretty well. But when you have hundreds of clients and thousands of transactions over many years in the cannabis industry, you see some crazy things. This list covers crazy things that come to mind in Oregon. …

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The Option of Bankruptcy Grows Clearer for Hemp Businesses

As we’ve written about before, bankruptcy hasn’t been a viable option for cannabis businesses, including ancillary businesses that derive any portion of their revenue from cannabis. That was expected to change for hemp and CBD businesses after the 2014 Farm Bill, and especially after hemp was legalized as a commodity under the 2018 Farm Bill …

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Oregon Cannabis Securities Litigation: Another (!) Fraud Lawsuit

The maturation of the Oregon cannabis industry in the past few years has been accompanied by a tremendous increase in mergers and acquisitions and a flood of investment capital into the marketplace.  Not surprisingly our commercial litigators have seen a marked increase in the number of securities lawsuits both here in Oregon and elsewhere.  As …

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Free Webinar Tomorrow, November 19: Ketamine, Psilcobyin and New Drug Therapies (Part 2)

REGISTER HERE! In case you missed the first webinar, you can WATCH IT HERE. For the past decade, Harris Bricken attorneys have advised domestic and international businesses and entrepreneurs on rapidly evolving laws and regulations in the cannabis, hemp, and regulated substances industries. Over the last few years, our attorneys have led the way on …

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California Voters Expand Commercial Cannabis Opportunities Across the State: Part II

Election day this year proved to be a big step forward in terms of drug policy reform, with Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota legalizing adult-use cannabis, Mississippi legalizing medicinal cannabis, Washington DC decriminalizing a host of psychedelic plants, and Oregon leading the way by legalizing psilocybin for therapeutic use and decriminalizing non-commercial possession …

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SEC’s Investment Rule Updates and Cannabis Fundraising

Recently the SEC updated its rules to simplify the patchwork of regulations to help companies in fundraising mode. This matters to cannabis companies of all types, especially those that want to utilize the available federal exemptions in their securities offerings. In the SEC’s own words, “These amendments will promote capital formation and expand investment opportunities …

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A Primer on California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act (UCRA)

This summer, I wrote about a Title III lawsuit that was filed against cannabis company NC3 Systems dba Caliva. As a quick refresher, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires all businesses to remove any obstacle that interferes with a disabled person’s ability to access their products or services online. The plaintiff …

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