Licensing and Compliance

On January 29, 2024, the Ohio Division of Cannabis Control (DCC) released the first package of proposed rules (Regulations) to govern the state’s emerging legal cannabis market. The Regulations cover the Ohio marijuana license application process and also remove and rescind certain fees.

When will initial applications be made available?

Continue Reading Ohio Marijuana License Application Process Outlined by Regulations

Exciting news for New Yorkers came on March 28, 2023, when the Second Circuit Court of Appeals entered an Order in the Variscite NY One case, lifting the injunction that prevented the Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) from issuing Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses in several New York State


Continue Reading Court Lifts Injunction on NY Cannabis Licenses, Clearing Path for More Dispensaries

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (the Court) has upheld the residency requirement set by the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) in the case of Brinkmeyer v. LCB. The residency requirement, which requires individuals owning or controlling a licensed business must establish residency 6


Continue Reading Washington’s Residency Requirement Upheld in Court. . . Again

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) will open the application period for Social Equity marijuana retail licenses on March 1, 2023. The application period will close on March 30, 2023.
More than 40 marijuana retail licenses that were forfeited, canceled, revoked, or never issued will be made available to social equity applicants in specific jurisdictions across the state.
Continue Reading WA Application Period for Social Equity Marijuana Retail Licenses Opens March 1

The residency requirement for buying a cannabis business in Washington may change this year. The Washington state legislature is considering a pair of identical bills, House Bill 1341 and Senate Bill 5377 (collectively, the Bill), which would authorize out-of-state ownership of licensed cannabis businesses. While it’s too early to tell


Continue Reading Washington's Cannabis Residency Requirement: Proposed Law Could Change Landscape

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) has announced that it will open the social equity retail license application window on March 1, 2023. The application window will remain open for 30 days, and 44 total retail licenses will be distributed. The WSLCB has provided a checklist to assist


Continue Reading Washington Cannabis: Social Equity Licensing Application Window Opening Soon

On December 9, 2022, the New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) released Cannabis Delivery Guidance allowing retail dispensaries, including Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licensees, the ability to deliver cannabis to customers directly in hopes to “jumpstart” cannabis sales before the end of the year. We previously wrote about the


Continue Reading New York to Allow Adult-Use Cannabis Delivery

Tax season is nearly upon us. As cannabis businesses and the professionals who advise them can expect, navigating the variations and even direct conflicts that exist between and among the state and federal authorities that govern a cannabis business’s respective tax filings can be treacherous.
Continue Reading Tax Win in Oregon Reminds Cannabis Businesses to Properly Classify Expenses

In late October, the Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission (AMCC) sent comprehensive License Application Forms to more than six hundred medical marijuana industry hopefuls throughout the state. The deadline to apply for one of Alabama’s 12 cultivator, four processor, four dispensary, five “integrated facility,” secure transporter, and state testing laboratory licenses is December 30, 2022.
Continue Reading The Marijuana Licensing Game is Officially Afoot in Alabama