Mississippi Marijuana Misstep The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld a life sentence for a 38-year-old man for possession of 1.5 oz of marijuana – which is now legalized in a majority of states in the US – but not Mississippi. The man, Allen Russell, had two previous offenses: A burglary conviction in 2004 and unlawful…

SB 5372 Important First Step in Washington’s Hemp Market Even though Washington State’s hemp plan has been on the books since February 20, 2020, when Washington’s Hemp Plan was approved by the United States Department of Agriculture. The groundwork for Washington’s Hemp Plan was laid when Washington passed Senate Bill 5276, Washington’s Hemp Production Bill….

The Strains of Decriminalizing Cannabis: Seattle U Cannabis Law Society Discusses Sparks of Change In November of 2012, Washington State voters passed Initiative 502, permitting Washingtonians over the age of 21 to recreationally consume cannabis products—making Washington, along with Colorado—the first states to legalize the possession and recreational use of marijuana. Seattle University’s Cannabis Law…

Lessons learned from a Michigan Credit Union NCUA’s Cease-and-Desist Order for a Cannabis Banking Program Most people who are involved in or are considering cannabis banking are aware that the NCUA recently issued a Cease-and-Desist Order for a small credit union in Michigan. This blog isn’t about that credit union – my focus is on…

Are the New FDA Warning Letters Signaling Treatment of Hemp Extracts as Over the Counter Monographs? The FDA issued two new warning letters on March 22, 2021. Previous rounds of warning letters have focused on whether the companies have made statements that would make the product a drug. These have focused on such things as…

Join Gleam Law Partner Mia Getlin for her presentation to members of the National Association of Cannabis Accounting & Tax Professionals on Feb. 9, 2021. The presentation is entitled “Pitfalls of Bad Cannabis Legal Advice and What to Do Instead”. During this members-only webinar, she will be covering the following: -Understanding the industry and the…

Public Comment – 1b Vaccine Group Hello Mr. Dunn and Members of the Vaccine Advisory Committee: On behalf of Gleam Law, PLLC and the wonderful group of people and businesses we represent within Oregon’s cannabis industry, I respectfully request that you consider prioritizing employees of Oregon’s cannabis businesses for the Phase 1b rollout of the…

Attorneys in Gleam Law’s Portland office have been working with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) on temporary rule and policy changes that will serve the dual purpose of keeping the industry afloat and promoting safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past 24 hours, the OLCC has issued temporary rule changes to promote these…

Washington State passed the final hurdle for solidifying its status as a hemp-producing powerhouse. On February 20, 2020,  the USDA issued its approval of Washington’s Hemp Plan. The plan was an outgrowth of the passage of Senate Bill 5276, Washington’s Hemp Production Bill, which passed on April 26, 2019. The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2014…

It’s another busy week for cannabis-related legislation in Olympia, WA. Check out what will be focused on and click the links to get updates on the current status of each bill. The Cannabis Commission (HB 1974) died in committee. Feb. 24th at 1:30 p.m. – House Committee on Gaming & Commerce SB 6057 – Price Differentials…