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Recap of Moving Forward Under Measure 91 (Presentations Included)

We’d like to thank everyone who attended our seminar, “Moving Forward Under Measure 91,” last Friday, in Portland! It was a great event, and we were even featured as part of a KGW-TV news segment.

As promised, we’ve included links to presentations by GSB attorneys, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, League of Oregon Cities and Association of Oregon Counties. Beginning next week we will begin our blog series addressing questions that we may not have been able to get to during the Q & A. Make sure to keep checking back here, or subscribe to our blog for updates!

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OVERVIEW OF MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANNING

  • Andy Aley, Garvey Schubert Barer
  • Claire Hawkins, Garvey Schubert Barer
  • Jared Van Kirk, Garvey Schubert Barer
  • Hal Snow, Garvey Schubert Barer

CITY AND COUNTY PERSPECTIVE

  • Sean O’Day, General Counsel, League of Oregon Cities
  • Rob Bovett, Legal Counsel, Association of Oregon Counties
  • William Kabeiseman, Garvey Schubert Barer

OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION

  • Tom Towslee, Acting Communication Director, Marijuana Programs, Oregon Liquor Control Commission

If you would like to be sent event follow-up materials, please send a request to shenley@gsblaw.com.FullSizeRender (2)

Warning Regarding Federal Law: The possession, distribution, and manufacturing of marijuana is illegal under federal law, regardless of state law which may, in some jurisdictions, decriminalize such activity under certain circumstances.  Penalties for violating federal drug laws are very serious.  For example, a conviction on a charge of conspiracy to sell drugs carries a mandatory minimum prison term of five years for a first offense and, depending on the quantity of marijuana involved, the fine for such a conviction could be as high as $10 million.  In addition, the federal government may seize, and seek the civil forfeiture of, the real or personal property used to facilitate the sale of marijuana as well as the money or other proceeds from the sale. Although the U.S. Department of Justice has noted that an effective state regulatory system, and a marijuana operation’s compliance with such a system, should be considered in the exercise of investigative and prosecutorial discretion, its authority to prosecute violations of federal law is not diminished by the passage of state laws which may decriminalize such activity. Indeed, due to the federal government’s jurisdiction over interstate commerce, when businesses provide services to marijuana producers, processors or distributors located in multiple states, they potentially face a higher level of scrutiny from federal authorities than do their customers with local operations.

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