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On March 30, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (“TIGTA”) issued a report entitled “The Growth of the Marijuana Industry Warrants Increased Tax Compliance Efforts and Additional Guidance. We’ve reviewed the report and summarize it as follows:

  • TIGTA ignores the black market in its entirety. There is a high probability that black market sellers

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COVID-19 created a state of emergency in the United States and around the world. Compounding the medical emergency is the economic one as the company faces a possible economic contraction not seen since the Great Depression; whole populations are being directed not to travel, restaurants

Gabi Sanchez, Co-Chair of our Senior Living & Long Term Care Team, was quoted in a recent Senior Living Executive magazine article titled “Cannabis, Choice, and Your Community: Updates on Practices and Problems.” The article, authored by Cynthia Helzel, discusses the increase of older adults turning to cannabis products as well as the impacts

On May 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a legal opinion that discusses the hemp-related provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Two of the issues addressed in the opinion are noteworthy:

Interstate Transportation

The USDA opines that states and Indian tribes may not prohibit the interstate transportation or shipment of hemp lawfully produced

The Washington State Legislature recently wrapped up its 2019 legislative session on April 28.  Before adjourning, the Legislature passed a number of cannabis bills.  Those bills included:

HB 1792: (Pending Governor’s signature.) Adds new crime. It would be a gross misdemeanor for a cannabis retail employee to knowingly sell cannabis products to a person

On April 10, the Oregon Senate failed to pass Senate Bill 218, and instead referred it to the Rules Committee. As proposed, the bill would amend current law and delegate rulemaking authority to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). If the bill passes as written, the OLCC would obtain the authority to refuse to issue

Earlier this week the U.S. Tax Court issued its long-awaited opinion for the Harborside case, which addresses several issues that impact cannabis tax planning strategies.  Those issues include:

  • Definition of “consists of” as used in section 280E;
  • A Narrow view of CHAMP and when a business engages in two or more trades or businesses;
  • Hints