On November 7, 2023, voters in Ohio approved Ohio Issue 2, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative (the Initiative), which legalizes marijuana for recreational use in Ohio. Among its key provisions, the Ohio Initiative creates a new Division of Cannabis Control (DCC) within the Ohio Department of Commerce (DOC) to regulate marijuanaContinue Reading Ohio Legalizes Adult-Use Marijuana
Perry Salzhauer is a corporate and environmental attorney with two decades of experience providing strategic and compliance guidance as well as legal advice to public and private entities. Perry has served as both outside and in-house counsel to a variety of companies, investors, and government agencies throughout the United States and has helped successfully launch several cannabis companies, brands, and projects. His years working on business processes, SEC, and environmental compliance, make Perry uniquely qualified in the emerging cannabis space, where navigating compliance with complex regulatory implementation is a major barrier to entry and ultimate success.
On August 8, 2023, Ohio voters defeated a proposed amendment to the state’s Constitution that would have required at least 60% of the vote on any citizen-initiated proposal to amend the Constitution, otherwise known as Issue 1. Since 1912, the Ohio Constitution has required only a majority of the vote…Continue Reading All Eyes on Ohio’s Adult-Use Marijuana Measure Post Issue 1 Defeat
A hard lesson was learned after cannabis was discovered in a suitcase at the airport: the government does not have to prove cannabis is marijuana to convict you of trafficking in marijuana. A new case recently clarified that the legal burden shifts and requires the accused to produce evidence that…Continue Reading Hemp in Your Suitcase Can Get You Convicted of Trafficking in Marijuana
It is no secret that cannabis businesses and owners remain largely barred from taking advantage of federal bankruptcy protections, leaving distressed marijuana businesses with limited restructuring options. Most often, distressed marijuana businesses and businesses serving the marijuana industry (collectively, MRBs) must instead rely on state law, including state-specific cannabis…Continue Reading Cannabis Creditors Face Receivership in Oregon