The Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation released a geographic information system for public use. The mapping and analytical software tool outlines each Community Plan Areas (CPA) and the number of retail licenses available within the highlighted CPA per the City’s definition of Undue Concentration.  CPAs were designated by the City of Los Angeles in…
by Colin Mackenzie, Green Light Law Group — On April 29, 2019, the Oregon State Senate passed Senate Bill 218 B, which would, as written, authorize the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to refuse to issue new cannabis production licenses based on the current supply of, and market demand for, cannabis in Oregon. The goal…
In one of the most significant developments in the realm of cannabis-related intellectual property rights, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) announced that it will begin accepting applications for industrial hemp cultivators seeking protection for seed-propagated hemp and hemp plant varieties as part of the existing Plant Variety Protection Act (“PVPA”). The program is…
Jason Dunn, a President Donald Trump appointee, said his views of cannabis are much like those of his predecessors — which would mean little impact on the state’s legal marijuana industry The post Colorado’s new U.S. attorney agrees with rescinding of Cole Memo, says “jury is still out” on enforcement around marijuana concentrates appeared first…
The Federal Lawyer recently published Senior Counsel, Brad A. Bartlett’s article reviewing American Indian tribes’ recent developments in marijuana and hemp markets. Bartlett, Director of McAllister Garfield’s Tribal Cannabis Law Group, summarizes efforts of tribes in Washington, California, and Nevada to enter state marijuana markets using tribal-state compacts. The synopsis of hemp agriculture highlights the…
FDA Publishes Federal Register Notice Announcing Public Meeting to Discuss Pot Product Regulation On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced a public meeting to obtain scientific data and information on the safety, manufacturing, marketing, labeling, and sale of products containing cannabis and cannabis derived compounds. The announcement was published today,…
On Friday March 22, 2019, I attended the State of the Cannabis Industry event along with other members of the Green Light team.  The featured speakers included, Danica Hibpshman, OLCC Director of Licensing, Madeleine Cane, OLCC Marijuana Program Coordinator, Anthony Geltosky, OLCC’s only Packaging and Labeling Specialist, Sunny Summers, ODA Hemp Policy Coordinator, Marry Anne…
For any cannabis business regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (“OLCC”), it is important to familiarize yourself with the OARs (that is, the Oregon Administrative Rules) that apply to your license. In general, the OARs that apply to cannabis licenses can be found here. However, knowing the rules is only the first step. The…
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold public hearings on CBD in April, according to statements made by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, during a recent House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. The purpose of the public hearing will be to start the rule making process and gather stakeholder input on how the FDA can regulate hemp-derived CBD.…
Kudos to these members of the Washington State Legislature. From the letter: “The LCB has cultivated a culture of enforcement that centers around violations and license removals as if it was a full jurisdiction law enforcement agency closing down drug cartels.” And: “It should be unacceptable to anyone who cares about the safe establishment of…