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The State of Masking Requirements in Oregon

In a shifting landscape of federal and state rules, mandates, and legal challenges to them, Oregon employers may be wondering whether face masks and related requirements are still in effect. Until at least February 2022, Oregon requires individuals…
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What’s Next for Employee Vaccine Mandates?

Vaccination policy is a top concern for many employers and employees. The Biden White House has issued several rules requiring employees in a broad cross-section of industries to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but plaintiffs across the country have…
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Action Items When Facing an OLCC Enforcement Inspection

Action Items When Facing an OLCC Enforcement Inspection
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Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate Halted Nationwide

A federal judge has temporarily halted enforcement of the White House’s directive that federal contractors impose a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy in the workplace. Much like the OSHA emergency temporary standard for large employers and the…
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Big Changes to OLCC Cannabis Licensing

Are you following the OLCC’s announcement that they are now accepting new applications for recreational cannabis retail, wholesale, and processor licenses?
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OSHA Extends Biden Vaccine Mandate Deadline for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

The deadline for federal contractors and subcontractors to comply with President Biden’s rule regarding vaccines in the workplace has been extended an additional 30 days, to January 4, 2022.
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New Employer Requirements Under OSHA COVID-19 Rule

On November 4, 2021, OSHA released its long-anticipated rule related to COVID-19 vaccines in the workplace. The stated purpose of the COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) is to “address the grave danger of COVID-19 in…
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Biden Administration Lifts COVID-19 Travel Bans, Adds Vaccine Requirement

This week the Biden Administration issued a new Presidential Proclamation that will take effect on November 8, 2021, ending the U.S. COVID-19 travel restrictions that applied to most foreign national nonimmigrants traveling from Brazil, China, India…
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How Will Streamlined Cannabis Licensing Affect Compliance?

The approval timeframe in Oregon’s cannabis licensing process was historically very long and the amount of documentation and disclosures required burdensome. Thankfully, over the past year, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) made a…
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Regulators from Cannabis-Legal States Form National Association

Late in 2020, the new national organization Cannabis Regulators Association (CANNRA) was formed. While not much has been publicized about the organization’s work or efforts since it officially launched, its formation represents a major step towards…
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2023 DV Lottery Registration Open Oct. 6 to Nov. 9

Online registration for the 2023 DV Lottery (DV2023) opened Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and closes Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5).
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Plan Ahead for Increase in THC Package Limits

Starting in January 2022, the amount of THC allowable in edibles sold through a retail store will raise to 100 mg of THC per package, which is double the previous per-package limit of 50 mg. This is great news for consumers and the industry alike…
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Immediate Changes for Hemp Growers and Sales in Oregon

With the passage of HB 3000, a lot is about to change in Oregon’s hemp industry. One of the more immediate changes registered hemp growers may notice is additional enforcement action in areas of the state where illegal grows and “hot” hemp has become…
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Cannabis Licensing Update – No New Licenses Anytime Soon

At its recent monthly meeting, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) formally announced that it will recommend extending the moratorium on new producer licenses for two m ore years. This recommendation will be made to the Oregon…
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Five Questions to ask Before Joining a Nonprofit Board

The nonprofit community has weathered an ongoing cascade of operational, environmental and economic challenges over the past few years including lockdowns, wildfires, protests, and economic upheaval.
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Holding Employees Accountable for Cannabis Violations

Cannabis businesses are highly regulated, with complex rules applicable to each level of the supply chain; from checking ID of customers to ensuring proper entry of plant weights in the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system, there are almost infinite…
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Breaking: Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers Forthcoming

The Biden Administration is set to announce sweeping COVID-19 vaccination requirements that will affect large employers and millions of employees across the country. The mandate extends to all employers with more than 100 workers, requiring such…
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Cannabis License Rights Transfer 101 – Planning Is Key

It is a common misconception that cannabis licenses themselves are transferrable when in fact, by statute, they are not. It is possible, however, to contract with a licensed business to purchase (or sell) the rights to hold a license, utilizing the…
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Mandatory Vaccination Coming Soon for Oregon Healthcare Workers

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released a new administrative rule following Governor Kate Brown’s recent announcement that Oregon’s vaccination requirement for healthcare workers will no longer offer a testing alternative. Instead, effective…
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The State of Oregon Cannabis Licensing – When Can We Expect New Licenses?

Since June 2018, Oregon has not processed new applications for any cannabis license type. Due to concerns of a large cannabis oversupply, and a flood of applications, Oregon’s cannabis regulatory agency, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission…
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