Lane Powell PC - Cannabis Law Advisor

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Firm Profile: Lane Powell PC
1420 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 4200
P.O. Box 91302
Seattle, WA 98111-1302, United States
Phone: 800.426.5801
Fax: 206.223.7107
Areas of Practice
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • Securities Law
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • Alaska
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Other Countries
  • United Kingdom
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

2018 Washington State Comfort Legislation for the Financial Industry and Accountants Dealing With Licensed Marijuana Businesses

On June 7, 2018, a supermajority of the Washington Legislature blessed financial institutions and accountants providing services for the licensed marijuana industry…more
 /  Business Organizations, Finance & Banking

Josephine County Sues State of Oregon Over Marijuana Laws

Josephine County responded aggressively to a recent adverse decision by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), bringing suit against the State of Oregon to invalidate the state’s marijuana laws. The complaint, filed April…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals Remands County Ordinance Restricting Marijuana Production

In Cossins v. Josephine County, issued March 14, 2018, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) remanded a recently adopted ordinance to Josephine County. The ordinance, No. 2017-002, would have restricted marijuana…more
 /  Business Organizations, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Reefer Madness: Best Practices for Managing Marijuana Use in Senior Care and Housing

Marijuana Perception and Legalization - Once upon a time, Americans viewed marijuana as a dangerous drug leading to serious addiction and crime. According to the 1936 cult classic movie Reefer Madness, “women cry for it and…more
 /  Business Organizations, Health

Washington Appellate Court Upholds County Ban on Retail Marijuana Sales

The Washington Court of Appeals Division II has ruled that Clark County can lawfully ban the retail sale of marijuana within its unincorporated areas. In a unanimous decision issued on March 13 in Emerald Enterprises, LLC v…more
 /  Administrative Law, Business Organizations

Where’s My Money? Oregon Sales Tax Refunds

In our last installment, we discussed the reasons why Oregon’s cannabis sales tax should not apply to cannabis seeds. So what do you do if you believe that a retailer wrongfully charged you sales tax on seeds or any other…more
 /  Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Taxation

The Price Is Wrong: Oregon Wrongfully Asserts Cannabis Sales Tax Applies to Seeds

The Oregon Department of Revenue (ODOR) recently issued a permanent administrative rule relating to the retail sales tax imposed on certain marijuana items. OAR 150-475-2100. The rule itself provides guidance to retailers on how…more
 /  Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Taxation

These Aren’t the Marihuanas You’re Looking For: Potential Products Past the CSA

Here at Pipeline, we aim to keep our readers up to date on developments in the law that affect the cannabis industry. In that vein, we share two interesting articles from the venerable New York Times and wonder how Jeff Sessions…more
 /  Administrative Law, Business Organizations

Congress Mutes the Impact of 280E

Sometimes the best place to hide something is in plain sight. That’s what Congress did in December when they passed the tax reform. In plain sight they (inadvertently?) muted the impact of 280E for corporate taxpayers…more
 /  Business Organizations, Taxation

FinCEN Said to Be Reviewing Marijuana Guidance

We recently reported that the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) was retaining its Bank Secrecy Act marijuana guidance. Last week, a senior official in the Department of the Treasury indicated…more
 /  Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking

FinCEN Retaining Bank Secrecy Act Marijuana Guidance — At Least for Now

As we reported last week, U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum on January 4 rescinding the seminal cannabis “Cole Memo” and other DOJ guidance involving cannabis. This has raised continuing issues and confusion for…more
 /  Business Organizations, Finance & Banking

Up in Smoke: Saying Goodbye to the Cole Memo

In what could hardly be characterized as a surprise, on January 4, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum (the “Sessions Memo”) that rescinds the seminal cannabis “Cole Memo” of August 29, 2013 and other…more
 /  Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking

Proposed Marijuana Farm Raises Scope of Oregon’s Right-to-Farm Law

A case in Yamhill County Circuit Court in McMinnville, Oregon pits two farms — a vineyard and a potential commercial marijuana grower — against each other, implicating the scope of Oregon’s Right to Farm law. At issue in Mahesh…more
 /  Agriculture

Valuing a Cannabis Business: Speculation & Risk

Determining the fair market value of an interest in a cannabis business is a difficult task. Existing and potential clients frequently ask us how cannabis businesses should be valued and whether or not there are any “trends” in…more
 /  Business Organizations

Making a Difference: Public Comment on Oregon Proposed Rulemaking

Most government agencies rely on an informal rulemaking process when drafting and finalizing rules interpreting the law. This process generally requires the appropriate government agency to notify the public of the proposed new…more
 /  Taxation
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