By a 19-9 vote, the Oregon Senate has passed Senate Bill 582, which authorizes the Governor to enter into agreements with other states for the purposes of “cross-jurisdictional coordinate and enforcement” of marijuana-related businesses and “cross-jurisdictional delivery of marijuana items” between Oregon and other states. The bill moves to the House where it has

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

Today’s passage of Senate Bill 5276 marks an important milestone in hemp legislation for the state of Washington. The bill still requires additional signatures before taking effect, however, most view the remaining process as administrative rather than substantive at this point.

Below are a few highlights regarding the points of interest that seem to come

There’s a lot of exciting news coming out of the cannabis industry today! First, the Washington State Legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 5276, authorizing hemp production in conformance with the agriculture improvement act of 2018 (more on that coming soon). Then the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Plant Variety Protection Office

If cannabis licensees needed any reminder, Division Three of the Washington Court of Appeals has confirmed that the Washington Liquor & Cannabis Board (LCB) is not required to defer to local zoning laws when deciding whether to issue cannabis licenses. The issue arose from a petition to LCB by Kittitas County that argued the LCB’s

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

In our March 15 post, we discussed the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 (H.R. 1595), which would, among other things,  limit federal banking regulators from taking action against banks providing services to cannabis businesses operating legally under state or tribal law. On March 28, the bill passed the House Financial

Today, the Washington Hemp Law passed out of the Executive Committee on Commerce and Gaming with an industry-supported amendment regarding legal human consumption of hemp and hemp-derived products such as CBD. The amended language of the bill represents a significant step forward for the State of Washington in the emerging hemp industry.

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Carriers have long relied on the ability to cross state lines without concern that state laws may impede or end their journey. The Supreme Court’s Dormant Commerce Clause jurisprudence (including the landmark trucking case Bibb v. Navajo Freight Lines, Inc., 359 U.S. 520 (1959)), in combination with the preemptive effect of federal statutes and