• Vermont’s Addison County will host two expungement events in October
    State’s attorney’s office and legal experts will assist Vermonters with clearing misdemeanor marijuana conviction records on October 12 and 28. Now that Vermont’s marijuana legalization law has taken effect, the state’s attorney (prosecutor) for Addison County has announced that two expungement clinics will be held to assist Vermonters with having their records cleared of misdemeanor marijuana offenses. Volunteers will assist people who have been convicted of marijuana possession in Addison County with filling out expungement petitions on Friday, October 12 and Sunday, October 28. WHAT: Addison County Expungement Clinic WHERE: Probate Court Room, Addison County Court House, 7 Mahady Ct., Middlebury WHEN: Friday, October 12, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. WHAT: Addison County Expungement Clinic WHERE: Middlebury College Kirk Alumni Center, 217 Golf Course Rd., Middlebury WHEN: Sunday, October 28, 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. A fee may be required. Financial assistance may be available. Click here for more details on the process. If you have been convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession in another Vermont county, you may wish to call and ask what it would take to have your record expunged. You can find phone numbers for all of Vermont’s state’s attorneys’ offices here. We are very grateful to the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office, Vermont Legal Aid, the Center for Justice Reform at Vermont Law School, and the Pennywise Foundation for sponsoring these clinics. Thanks also to drug policy reform advocate Dave Silberman for working to make this happen. Please share this news with your family and friends! The post Vermont’s Addison County will host two expungement events in October appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-10
  • Pennsylvania committee approves partial decrim bill
    Although 59% of Pennsylvania voters think it should be legal for adults to use marijuana, state law lags far behind popular sentiment. Pennsylvanians found with cannabis can still be locked in a jail cell and branded criminals. But that could change soon. Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a decriminalization bill, H.B. 928. Unfortunately, however, it first amended the bill to exclude minors and people in vehicles from decriminalization. If you live in Pennsylvania, ask your state representative to support and fix the decriminalization bill. Currently, simple possession is a misdemeanor carrying up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500, plus a six-month or one-year driver’s license suspension. Except in the case of minors, possession in cars, or possession on school property, H.B. 928 would downgrade first and second offense possession of under 30 grams to a summary offense carrying a fine of no more than $300. Subsequent convictions would be misdemeanors carrying up to a $1,000 fine, but with no jail time. Please take a moment to ask your rep to support H.B. 928, but to work to amend the bill. Let them know: Minors should also not be incarcerated for cannabis, and criminalizing possession in cars will still senselessly ruin lives. Then, spread the word to others, so that they, too, can raise their voices. The post Pennsylvania committee approves partial decrim bill appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-10
  • Cities Should Not License Cannabis Businesses (They Should Have Them, Though)
    .                       City cannabis licensing in action. Recently, the City of Portland announced that it would lower cannabis business licensing fees. Most notably, retail license fees have been reduced from $4,975 to $3,500, in line with other license types. That is still too steep (especially considering the state licensing fees), and although the City has cleaned up its process over the past few years, it’s still redundant, unnecessary and something of a cluster. Like all cities, Portland should stop licensing cannabis businesses. It’s been over three years since Portland adopted its poorly written Code Chapter 14B.130, which sets forth license procedures and requirements for marijuana businesses. The oppressive fee schedule adopted at that time placed an outsized burden on retailers to cover the cost of administering the Portland Marijuana Policy Program. In the early days, the program was staffed by functionaries at the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) who shall go unnamed and mostly seemed to follow each other in circles, sometimes passing applicants back and forth with the Bureau of Development Services (BDS). Most of those folks have moved on. ONI has since been rebranded as the Office of Community & Civic Life (people still call it ONI) and slotted under a different Commissioner. All of this followed from campaign promises made by Portland’s new mayor, who acknowledged that the City’s relationship with marijuana was a mess. For further reading on how bad it got–from credible estimates that local red tape was costing the industry $22 million per month, to disapproving letters penned by Congressional reps–go here, here, here, here, here, here and here. The City’s actions also caused one of my all-time favorite Oregon cannabis rumors: A class action suit would be filed “any day now” by private industry against the City. It’s been a trip. Three years later, the Marijuana Policy Program is better run, and the lawyers and paralegals in my office get along with everyone there and push licenses through on the regular. But the question remains: What exactly is the point of having a local regulatory program for cannabis businesses? Everything is redundant to what the state is doing, and when it’s not, it’s usually worse. So why do cities think this is a good idea? Those are complex and provocative discussions, but the motivation by cities may be some combination of the following: 1) licensing cannabis generates revenues; 2) licensing cannabis generates jobs; 3) licensing cannabis is novel; 4) licensing cannabis may appease ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2018-10-09
  • Green Leaf Lab: A Pioneer and Leader of Oregon Cannabis Testing
    In an industry that did not exist a handful of years ago, the testing of cannabis for pesticides and other The post Green Leaf Lab: A Pioneer and Leader of Oregon Cannabis Testing appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-10-08
  • Major compromise reached in Utah
    On October 4 in Salt Lake City, medical marijuana supporters and opponents announced that they have reached an agreement on a compromise medical marijuana law that will be enacted during a November special session after the 2018 election. Regardless of the outcome of Prop 2 — the medical marijuana ballot initiative that MPP helped to draft — the legislature will enact the compromise bill. Utah Governor Gary Herbert has committed to calling the special session. MPP strongly supports the agreement because it will ensure that a workable medical marijuana law is enacted and implemented. In Utah, a statutory ballot initiative can be amended or even repealed by a simple majority in the legislature. If Prop 2 passed without any agreement on next steps, patients may have been left waiting years to access legal medical cannabis. This compromise eliminates that uncertainty and ensures legislative leaders are committed to making the law work. This agreement has the support of the Utah Patients Coalition (the Prop 2 campaign committee), Utah Governor Gary Herbert, the Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, the Utah Senate President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Utah Medical Association. The compromise bill, while not ideal and cumbersome in certain respects, is workable and provides a path for Utah patients to legally access medical cannabis, including whole-plant products. MPP staff were consulted during the negotiations and provided critical input on the final agreement. MPP has been assisting the campaign since its inception in early 2017. We helped draft the initiative, and we made significant financial contributions to fund the successful signature drive (and its subsequent legal defense). While we still wish to see Prop 2 pass, both sides have agreed to de-escalate their campaign activities. MPP would like to thank the many individual donors who supported the Utah Patients Coalition over the last 18 months. Your generosity enabled a successful signature drive. If Prop 2 had not qualified for the ballot, yesterday’s agreement would not have been possible. Very soon, one of the most conservative states in the country will enact a medical marijuana law. That demonstrates that any state in the country can have a medical marijuana law. MPP will continue to work across the country to achieve that goal. The post Major compromise reached in Utah appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-05
  • A Cannabis Patient’s Testimonial on the Damaged OMMP
    From Elizabeth Porter to the Oregon Cannabis Commission Thank you for the opportunity to comment. I wanted to be present The post A Cannabis Patient’s Testimonial on the Damaged OMMP appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-10-04
  • California Gov. Brown vetoes several key bills, signs others; medical patients hit the hardest
    If you live in California, click here to support access on school grounds and tax breaks for donated cannabis.  Gov. Jerry Brown recently acted on a raft of cannabis bills that passed this year. Here is a quick breakdown of what was signed and what was vetoed.   Among the bills signed into law: AB 1793 allows adults convicted of cannabis-related offenses that are no longer considered illegal to have them automatically removed from their records. SB 1294 creates equity provisions that will allow cannabis business licensees who qualify to get access to low- or no-interest loans and grants. AB 2215 requires the Veterinary Medical Board to establish guidelines for licensed veterinarians to discuss the use of cannabis on animals. AB 2020 allows cannabis to be sold and consumed at special events.   Unfortunately, Gov. Brown vetoed several important bills: SB 1127 would allow medical cannabis to be administered on school property for registered patients. SB 829 would exempt cannabis from taxes when donated free of charge to dispensaries for their low-income patients. SB 1863 would allow licensed cannabis companies to deduct standard business expenses under the state’s personal income tax.   Lawmakers are now considering whether they have the two-thirds votes to override the vetoes. Click here to send a message to your lawmakers in support of tax breaks for cannabis donated to needy patients and protections for medical cannabis patients at schools.   Cannabis policy made big strides this year, but there is more to do. Please forward this message to family, friends, and allies in California! The post California Gov. Brown vetoes several key bills, signs others; medical patients hit the hardest appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-03
  • Analysis: Michigan legalization measure would generate $520 million in new tax revenue over five years
    A recent study of the potential fiscal impacts of legalizing marijuana in Michigan found that passage of Prop 1 would generate over half a billion dollars in additional revenue for the state in the first five years of implementation. Read local coverage of the analysis here. Much of the revenue generated from marijuana would be directed to Michigan’s roads, schools, and local communities, which are currently underfunded. The report, conducted by marijuana policy consulting firm VS Strategies, made predictions based on a model that drew upon analysis of multiple data sources. By 2023, the study predicts that total annual marijuana sales will exceed $800 million in Michigan. Read the detailed findings of the analysis here. Election Day is just over a month away, and voters will soon be receiving absentee ballots. There’s not much time left, and the YES on 1 campaign needs your help to ensure the measure passes. Chip in with a contribution today to help them dispel the fear tactics and propaganda of their prohibitionist opponents. The post Analysis: Michigan legalization measure would generate $520 million in new tax revenue over five years appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-02
  • Cooking with Hemp: A History
    With so much focus on healthy and clean living, people have been paying much closer attention to the ingredients they The post Cooking with Hemp: A History appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-10-02
  • New Oklahoma City ordinance reduces penalty for marijuana possession!
    Ask your state lawmakers to take this reform to the state level. Starting on October 26, Oklahoma City’s maximum penalty for simple possession of marijuana will be reduced to a fine of up to $400. The Oklahoma City Council approved the proposal to remove jail time and reduce the penalty for marijuana possession last week. Until the new law takes effect, the maximum fine for possession is $1,200 and six months of jail time. If you live in Oklahoma, let your lawmakers know the time has come for statewide decriminalization! Penalizing individuals with jail time and a criminal record for possessing small amounts of marijuana wastes law enforcement resources. It can also lead to a lifetime of harsh consequences, including denial of student financial aid, housing, employment, and professional licenses. You can find more information on decriminalization here. Please spread the word! The post New Oklahoma City ordinance reduces penalty for marijuana possession! appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-01
  • Penn. legalization and regulation bill has been introduced!
    Ask your legislators to end marijuana prohibition in Pennsylvania! The drum beat for sensible marijuana policy is picking up in Pennsylvania! Last Monday, Rep. Jake Wheatley introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana for adults 21 or older. This bill would also expunge the records of people who have been convicted of certain cannabis offenses. If you are a Pennsylvania residentemail your state legislators today urging them to support HB 2600! Ending marijuana prohibition would let adults make their own decisions about a substance that is safer than alcohol. Earlier this year, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a report estimating that legalization could generate more than $580 million in tax revenue for the state. In other exciting news, on Tuesday Lancaster City Council decriminalized simple possession and use of marijuana! Possession of marijuana or related paraphernalia will be now be classified as a summary offense – carrying a fine or community service – rather than a misdemeanor. Please spread the word so that together, we can end prohibition in the Keystone State. The post Penn. legalization and regulation bill has been introduced! appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-01
  • Cannabis Cybersecurity: Information Security Standards in Oregon
    Last week we discussed the data breach notification laws with which cannabis companies doing business in Oregon must comply following a cyber intrusion. Today, we discuss the safeguards these companies must adopt to protect the security, confidentiality and integrity of customers and employee (collectively, “Consumer”)’s personal information, who reside in Oregon. Pursuant to Oregon Revised Statutes (“ORS”) § 646A.622 any business that “owns, maintains or otherwise possesses, and has control over or access to,” written and electronic data that includes personal information used for business purposes, must develop, implement, and maintain reasonable safeguards to protect the personal information. Generally, “personal information” means a Consumer’s first name or first initial and last name in combination with, for example, a Consumer’s social security number, driver license number or financial account information, if (1) encryption, redaction or other methods have not rendered the data element or combination of data elements unusable; and (2) the data element or combination of data elements would enable a person to commit identity theft against a consumer. The company must act in accordance with this law by: (1) Complying with: State or federal laws with greater protections for personal information than ORS § 646A.622; Gramm-Leach-Billey Act as of January 1, 2016 as of June 2018, if the company is subject to this act; or Requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) as of June 2018, if HIPAA applies to the company; and (2) Implementing a security program that includes: Administrative Safeguards, such as: Frequently identifying reasonably foreseeable internal and external risks; Frequently training and managing employees in security program practices and procedures; and Selecting service providers that are capable of maintaining appropriate safeguards and adhering to procedures and protocols to which you and the service provider agree, but also requiring the service providers by contract to maintain the safeguards, procedures and protocols.  Technical Safeguards, like: Assessing risks and vulnerabilities in network and software design; Taking reasonably timely action to address the risks and vulnerabilities; and Applying security updates and a reasonable security patch management program to software that might reasonably be at risk of or vulnerable to a breach of security; and  Physical Safeguards, including but not limited to: Monitoring, detecting, preventing, isolation and responding to intrusions timely and frequently; and Disposing of personal information after you no longer use it for business purposes, pursuant to local, state and federal law. So what does all of this mean? Simply put, business owners with 100 ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2018-09-29
  • Register to vote and make your voice heard!
    Click here for help registering in your state. Election Day may not be until Tuesday, November 6, but in many states voter registration deadlines are coming up soon! MPP has teamed up with non-profit Rock the Vote to make it easier for our subscribers to register in their state. Just click here, and their simple tool will help you fill out the voter registration form in your state or tell you where to register online, if your state allows that. After you fill out their form online, you’ll get an email with your official registration form attached, and all you have to do is print it and mail it in! Easy. Can’t make it to the polls on Election Day? You can also click here if you want to learn more about voting policies in your state, like early voting or voting by mail, as well as whether you can vote if you have a prior conviction. Voters in Utah, Michigan, North Dakota, and Missouri will get to vote on marijuana initiatives this year, and MPP or our coalition partners have released voter guides in New Hampshire and Maryland. Click here to learn more, and please get out and vote! The post Register to vote and make your voice heard! appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-09-28
  • Oregon Cannabis: Employees and Changes in Ownership
    Your license transition plan should consider employees. You’re new to the Oregon cannabis scene and quickly realize you won’t be able to open a newly licensed cannabis retail store due to the Oregon Liquor Control Commissions (OLCC) pause on issuing new licenses that went into effect on June 15. But what about purchasing an existing retail store from a licensee? It is possible to purchase a retail marijuana business and receive a license from OLCC. However, no money or control of the store can take place until the OLCC vets the new ownership to ensure compliance with the marijuana rules and statute. Typically, the seller and buyer enter into binding agreements to sell the store (technically, an asset or stock purchase) pending approval from the OLCC of the change in ownership. As we recently wrote, the OLCC recently has increased scrutiny on these applications and can take up to 3-6 months to approve. During that time, your dreams of owning a retail cannabis store are paused. However, based on our recent discussions with the OLCC, there is a legal way to start the transition to the new owner without violating the rules: through employees. Employees are a key part of any business. Employees keep the day to day operations of business running smoothly. In a retail store, they are the face of the company. It’s important to select people you trust and will work hard for your company. One way to begin control of the new company is to enter into an agreement with the seller to hire certain employees. There are a lot of things to consider when doing this—so it’s important to do it right. First, it’s probably best to mention this when you first begin sale negotiations. Let the seller know you’d like to immediately “place” employees of your choice, who will be hired by the seller, prior to OLCC approval of the change in ownership. It’s best to be up front with these things rather than watch your deal fall apart later because you failed to mention your intentions. If the seller agrees, the seller will need to hire the employees. Remember: You the purchaser cannot have a financial interest or control in the company until the OLCC approves. The employees will either need to be hired on a short term employment agreement to terminate when the sale is finalized, or enter into an employment agreement that will be assignable to the new entity once the sale is finalized. This would be a great time to ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2018-09-28
  • Ask candidates for the Maryland Legislature to commit to supporting marijuana policy reform
    The latest Goucher poll shows that 62% of Marylanders “support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.” Unfortunately, Maryland’s lawmakers have lagged behind the public on this issue — but this could change in November’s election. If you are a Maryland voter,  please let the candidates in your district know that this issue is important to you. (And don’t forget to check out the Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition’s Voter Guide here.) If you are interested in hearing more about MPP’s work — and meeting our new executive director, Steven Hawkins — please consider attending the Spark! Maryland networking event on October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at The Reserve at Two Rivers, 4105 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122. You can purchase tickets here. Marylanders are ready to join the eight other states that have legalized and regulated marijuana for adults 21 and older. Click here to ask the people who want to represent you in the General Assembly if they’re ready too. The post Ask candidates for the Maryland Legislature to commit to supporting marijuana policy reform appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-09-27
 
  • Vermont’s Addison County will host two expungement events in October
    State’s attorney’s office and legal experts will assist Vermonters with clearing misdemeanor marijuana conviction records on October 12 and 28. Now that Vermont’s marijuana legalization law has taken effect, the state’s attorney (prosecutor) for Addison County has announced that two expungement clinics will be held to assist Vermonters with having their records cleared of misdemeanor marijuana offenses. Volunteers will assist people who have been convicted of marijuana possession in Addison County with filling out expungement petitions on Friday, October 12 and Sunday, October 28. WHAT: Addison County Expungement Clinic WHERE: Probate Court Room, Addison County Court House, 7 Mahady Ct., Middlebury WHEN: Friday, October 12, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. WHAT: Addison County Expungement Clinic WHERE: Middlebury College Kirk Alumni Center, 217 Golf Course Rd., Middlebury WHEN: Sunday, October 28, 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. A fee may be required. Financial assistance may be available. Click here for more details on the process. If you have been convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession in another Vermont county, you may wish to call and ask what it would take to have your record expunged. You can find phone numbers for all of Vermont’s state’s attorneys’ offices here. We are very grateful to the Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office, Vermont Legal Aid, the Center for Justice Reform at Vermont Law School, and the Pennywise Foundation for sponsoring these clinics. Thanks also to drug policy reform advocate Dave Silberman for working to make this happen. Please share this news with your family and friends! The post Vermont’s Addison County will host two expungement events in October appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-10
  • Pennsylvania committee approves partial decrim bill
    Although 59% of Pennsylvania voters think it should be legal for adults to use marijuana, state law lags far behind popular sentiment. Pennsylvanians found with cannabis can still be locked in a jail cell and branded criminals. But that could change soon. Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a decriminalization bill, H.B. 928. Unfortunately, however, it first amended the bill to exclude minors and people in vehicles from decriminalization. If you live in Pennsylvania, ask your state representative to support and fix the decriminalization bill. Currently, simple possession is a misdemeanor carrying up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500, plus a six-month or one-year driver’s license suspension. Except in the case of minors, possession in cars, or possession on school property, H.B. 928 would downgrade first and second offense possession of under 30 grams to a summary offense carrying a fine of no more than $300. Subsequent convictions would be misdemeanors carrying up to a $1,000 fine, but with no jail time. Please take a moment to ask your rep to support H.B. 928, but to work to amend the bill. Let them know: Minors should also not be incarcerated for cannabis, and criminalizing possession in cars will still senselessly ruin lives. Then, spread the word to others, so that they, too, can raise their voices. The post Pennsylvania committee approves partial decrim bill appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-10
  • Cities Should Not License Cannabis Businesses (They Should Have Them, Though)
    .                       City cannabis licensing in action. Recently, the City of Portland announced that it would lower cannabis business licensing fees. Most notably, retail license fees have been reduced from $4,975 to $3,500, in line with other license types. That is still too steep (especially considering the state licensing fees), and although the City has cleaned up its process over the past few years, it’s still redundant, unnecessary and something of a cluster. Like all cities, Portland should stop licensing cannabis businesses. It’s been over three years since Portland adopted its poorly written Code Chapter 14B.130, which sets forth license procedures and requirements for marijuana businesses. The oppressive fee schedule adopted at that time placed an outsized burden on retailers to cover the cost of administering the Portland Marijuana Policy Program. In the early days, the program was staffed by functionaries at the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) who shall go unnamed and mostly seemed to follow each other in circles, sometimes passing applicants back and forth with the Bureau of Development Services (BDS). Most of those folks have moved on. ONI has since been rebranded as the Office of Community & Civic Life (people still call it ONI) and slotted under a different Commissioner. All of this followed from campaign promises made by Portland’s new mayor, who acknowledged that the City’s relationship with marijuana was a mess. For further reading on how bad it got–from credible estimates that local red tape was costing the industry $22 million per month, to disapproving letters penned by Congressional reps–go here, here, here, here, here, here and here. The City’s actions also caused one of my all-time favorite Oregon cannabis rumors: A class action suit would be filed “any day now” by private industry against the City. It’s been a trip. Three years later, the Marijuana Policy Program is better run, and the lawyers and paralegals in my office get along with everyone there and push licenses through on the regular. But the question remains: What exactly is the point of having a local regulatory program for cannabis businesses? Everything is redundant to what the state is doing, and when it’s not, it’s usually worse. So why do cities think this is a good idea? Those are complex and provocative discussions, but the motivation by cities may be some combination of the following: 1) licensing cannabis generates revenues; 2) licensing cannabis generates jobs; 3) licensing cannabis is novel; 4) licensing cannabis may appease ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2018-10-09
  • Green Leaf Lab: A Pioneer and Leader of Oregon Cannabis Testing
    In an industry that did not exist a handful of years ago, the testing of cannabis for pesticides and other The post Green Leaf Lab: A Pioneer and Leader of Oregon Cannabis Testing appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-10-08
  • Major compromise reached in Utah
    On October 4 in Salt Lake City, medical marijuana supporters and opponents announced that they have reached an agreement on a compromise medical marijuana law that will be enacted during a November special session after the 2018 election. Regardless of the outcome of Prop 2 — the medical marijuana ballot initiative that MPP helped to draft — the legislature will enact the compromise bill. Utah Governor Gary Herbert has committed to calling the special session. MPP strongly supports the agreement because it will ensure that a workable medical marijuana law is enacted and implemented. In Utah, a statutory ballot initiative can be amended or even repealed by a simple majority in the legislature. If Prop 2 passed without any agreement on next steps, patients may have been left waiting years to access legal medical cannabis. This compromise eliminates that uncertainty and ensures legislative leaders are committed to making the law work. This agreement has the support of the Utah Patients Coalition (the Prop 2 campaign committee), Utah Governor Gary Herbert, the Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, the Utah Senate President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Utah Medical Association. The compromise bill, while not ideal and cumbersome in certain respects, is workable and provides a path for Utah patients to legally access medical cannabis, including whole-plant products. MPP staff were consulted during the negotiations and provided critical input on the final agreement. MPP has been assisting the campaign since its inception in early 2017. We helped draft the initiative, and we made significant financial contributions to fund the successful signature drive (and its subsequent legal defense). While we still wish to see Prop 2 pass, both sides have agreed to de-escalate their campaign activities. MPP would like to thank the many individual donors who supported the Utah Patients Coalition over the last 18 months. Your generosity enabled a successful signature drive. If Prop 2 had not qualified for the ballot, yesterday’s agreement would not have been possible. Very soon, one of the most conservative states in the country will enact a medical marijuana law. That demonstrates that any state in the country can have a medical marijuana law. MPP will continue to work across the country to achieve that goal. The post Major compromise reached in Utah appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-05
  • A Cannabis Patient’s Testimonial on the Damaged OMMP
    From Elizabeth Porter to the Oregon Cannabis Commission Thank you for the opportunity to comment. I wanted to be present The post A Cannabis Patient’s Testimonial on the Damaged OMMP appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-10-04
  • California Gov. Brown vetoes several key bills, signs others; medical patients hit the hardest
    If you live in California, click here to support access on school grounds and tax breaks for donated cannabis.  Gov. Jerry Brown recently acted on a raft of cannabis bills that passed this year. Here is a quick breakdown of what was signed and what was vetoed.   Among the bills signed into law: AB 1793 allows adults convicted of cannabis-related offenses that are no longer considered illegal to have them automatically removed from their records. SB 1294 creates equity provisions that will allow cannabis business licensees who qualify to get access to low- or no-interest loans and grants. AB 2215 requires the Veterinary Medical Board to establish guidelines for licensed veterinarians to discuss the use of cannabis on animals. AB 2020 allows cannabis to be sold and consumed at special events.   Unfortunately, Gov. Brown vetoed several important bills: SB 1127 would allow medical cannabis to be administered on school property for registered patients. SB 829 would exempt cannabis from taxes when donated free of charge to dispensaries for their low-income patients. SB 1863 would allow licensed cannabis companies to deduct standard business expenses under the state’s personal income tax.   Lawmakers are now considering whether they have the two-thirds votes to override the vetoes. Click here to send a message to your lawmakers in support of tax breaks for cannabis donated to needy patients and protections for medical cannabis patients at schools.   Cannabis policy made big strides this year, but there is more to do. Please forward this message to family, friends, and allies in California! The post California Gov. Brown vetoes several key bills, signs others; medical patients hit the hardest appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-03
  • Analysis: Michigan legalization measure would generate $520 million in new tax revenue over five years
    A recent study of the potential fiscal impacts of legalizing marijuana in Michigan found that passage of Prop 1 would generate over half a billion dollars in additional revenue for the state in the first five years of implementation. Read local coverage of the analysis here. Much of the revenue generated from marijuana would be directed to Michigan’s roads, schools, and local communities, which are currently underfunded. The report, conducted by marijuana policy consulting firm VS Strategies, made predictions based on a model that drew upon analysis of multiple data sources. By 2023, the study predicts that total annual marijuana sales will exceed $800 million in Michigan. Read the detailed findings of the analysis here. Election Day is just over a month away, and voters will soon be receiving absentee ballots. There’s not much time left, and the YES on 1 campaign needs your help to ensure the measure passes. Chip in with a contribution today to help them dispel the fear tactics and propaganda of their prohibitionist opponents. The post Analysis: Michigan legalization measure would generate $520 million in new tax revenue over five years appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-02
  • Cooking with Hemp: A History
    With so much focus on healthy and clean living, people have been paying much closer attention to the ingredients they The post Cooking with Hemp: A History appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-10-02
  • New Oklahoma City ordinance reduces penalty for marijuana possession!
    Ask your state lawmakers to take this reform to the state level. Starting on October 26, Oklahoma City’s maximum penalty for simple possession of marijuana will be reduced to a fine of up to $400. The Oklahoma City Council approved the proposal to remove jail time and reduce the penalty for marijuana possession last week. Until the new law takes effect, the maximum fine for possession is $1,200 and six months of jail time. If you live in Oklahoma, let your lawmakers know the time has come for statewide decriminalization! Penalizing individuals with jail time and a criminal record for possessing small amounts of marijuana wastes law enforcement resources. It can also lead to a lifetime of harsh consequences, including denial of student financial aid, housing, employment, and professional licenses. You can find more information on decriminalization here. Please spread the word! The post New Oklahoma City ordinance reduces penalty for marijuana possession! appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-01
  • Penn. legalization and regulation bill has been introduced!
    Ask your legislators to end marijuana prohibition in Pennsylvania! The drum beat for sensible marijuana policy is picking up in Pennsylvania! Last Monday, Rep. Jake Wheatley introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana for adults 21 or older. This bill would also expunge the records of people who have been convicted of certain cannabis offenses. If you are a Pennsylvania residentemail your state legislators today urging them to support HB 2600! Ending marijuana prohibition would let adults make their own decisions about a substance that is safer than alcohol. Earlier this year, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a report estimating that legalization could generate more than $580 million in tax revenue for the state. In other exciting news, on Tuesday Lancaster City Council decriminalized simple possession and use of marijuana! Possession of marijuana or related paraphernalia will be now be classified as a summary offense – carrying a fine or community service – rather than a misdemeanor. Please spread the word so that together, we can end prohibition in the Keystone State. The post Penn. legalization and regulation bill has been introduced! appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-10-01
  • Cannabis Cybersecurity: Information Security Standards in Oregon
    Last week we discussed the data breach notification laws with which cannabis companies doing business in Oregon must comply following a cyber intrusion. Today, we discuss the safeguards these companies must adopt to protect the security, confidentiality and integrity of customers and employee (collectively, “Consumer”)’s personal information, who reside in Oregon. Pursuant to Oregon Revised Statutes (“ORS”) § 646A.622 any business that “owns, maintains or otherwise possesses, and has control over or access to,” written and electronic data that includes personal information used for business purposes, must develop, implement, and maintain reasonable safeguards to protect the personal information. Generally, “personal information” means a Consumer’s first name or first initial and last name in combination with, for example, a Consumer’s social security number, driver license number or financial account information, if (1) encryption, redaction or other methods have not rendered the data element or combination of data elements unusable; and (2) the data element or combination of data elements would enable a person to commit identity theft against a consumer. The company must act in accordance with this law by: (1) Complying with: State or federal laws with greater protections for personal information than ORS § 646A.622; Gramm-Leach-Billey Act as of January 1, 2016 as of June 2018, if the company is subject to this act; or Requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) as of June 2018, if HIPAA applies to the company; and (2) Implementing a security program that includes: Administrative Safeguards, such as: Frequently identifying reasonably foreseeable internal and external risks; Frequently training and managing employees in security program practices and procedures; and Selecting service providers that are capable of maintaining appropriate safeguards and adhering to procedures and protocols to which you and the service provider agree, but also requiring the service providers by contract to maintain the safeguards, procedures and protocols.  Technical Safeguards, like: Assessing risks and vulnerabilities in network and software design; Taking reasonably timely action to address the risks and vulnerabilities; and Applying security updates and a reasonable security patch management program to software that might reasonably be at risk of or vulnerable to a breach of security; and  Physical Safeguards, including but not limited to: Monitoring, detecting, preventing, isolation and responding to intrusions timely and frequently; and Disposing of personal information after you no longer use it for business purposes, pursuant to local, state and federal law. So what does all of this mean? Simply put, business owners with 100 ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2018-09-29
  • Register to vote and make your voice heard!
    Click here for help registering in your state. Election Day may not be until Tuesday, November 6, but in many states voter registration deadlines are coming up soon! MPP has teamed up with non-profit Rock the Vote to make it easier for our subscribers to register in their state. Just click here, and their simple tool will help you fill out the voter registration form in your state or tell you where to register online, if your state allows that. After you fill out their form online, you’ll get an email with your official registration form attached, and all you have to do is print it and mail it in! Easy. Can’t make it to the polls on Election Day? You can also click here if you want to learn more about voting policies in your state, like early voting or voting by mail, as well as whether you can vote if you have a prior conviction. Voters in Utah, Michigan, North Dakota, and Missouri will get to vote on marijuana initiatives this year, and MPP or our coalition partners have released voter guides in New Hampshire and Maryland. Click here to learn more, and please get out and vote! The post Register to vote and make your voice heard! appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-09-28
  • Oregon Cannabis: Employees and Changes in Ownership
    Your license transition plan should consider employees. You’re new to the Oregon cannabis scene and quickly realize you won’t be able to open a newly licensed cannabis retail store due to the Oregon Liquor Control Commissions (OLCC) pause on issuing new licenses that went into effect on June 15. But what about purchasing an existing retail store from a licensee? It is possible to purchase a retail marijuana business and receive a license from OLCC. However, no money or control of the store can take place until the OLCC vets the new ownership to ensure compliance with the marijuana rules and statute. Typically, the seller and buyer enter into binding agreements to sell the store (technically, an asset or stock purchase) pending approval from the OLCC of the change in ownership. As we recently wrote, the OLCC recently has increased scrutiny on these applications and can take up to 3-6 months to approve. During that time, your dreams of owning a retail cannabis store are paused. However, based on our recent discussions with the OLCC, there is a legal way to start the transition to the new owner without violating the rules: through employees. Employees are a key part of any business. Employees keep the day to day operations of business running smoothly. In a retail store, they are the face of the company. It’s important to select people you trust and will work hard for your company. One way to begin control of the new company is to enter into an agreement with the seller to hire certain employees. There are a lot of things to consider when doing this—so it’s important to do it right. First, it’s probably best to mention this when you first begin sale negotiations. Let the seller know you’d like to immediately “place” employees of your choice, who will be hired by the seller, prior to OLCC approval of the change in ownership. It’s best to be up front with these things rather than watch your deal fall apart later because you failed to mention your intentions. If the seller agrees, the seller will need to hire the employees. Remember: You the purchaser cannot have a financial interest or control in the company until the OLCC approves. The employees will either need to be hired on a short term employment agreement to terminate when the sale is finalized, or enter into an employment agreement that will be assignable to the new entity once the sale is finalized. This would be a great time to ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2018-09-28
  • Ask candidates for the Maryland Legislature to commit to supporting marijuana policy reform
    The latest Goucher poll shows that 62% of Marylanders “support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.” Unfortunately, Maryland’s lawmakers have lagged behind the public on this issue — but this could change in November’s election. If you are a Maryland voter,  please let the candidates in your district know that this issue is important to you. (And don’t forget to check out the Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition’s Voter Guide here.) If you are interested in hearing more about MPP’s work — and meeting our new executive director, Steven Hawkins — please consider attending the Spark! Maryland networking event on October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at The Reserve at Two Rivers, 4105 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122. You can purchase tickets here. Marylanders are ready to join the eight other states that have legalized and regulated marijuana for adults 21 and older. Click here to ask the people who want to represent you in the General Assembly if they’re ready too. The post Ask candidates for the Maryland Legislature to commit to supporting marijuana policy reform appeared first on MPP Blog. ... read more
    Source: Marijuana Policy ProjectPublished on 2018-09-27