CLE Event: To Be Blunt, Can I Be A Cannabis Lawyer In Utah?

Harris Bricken attorney Jonathan Bench will participate in the Utah Cannabis Law Section’s upcoming CLE over the lunch hour on December 5th. The CLE will be an in-person event held at the Utah Bar Association Offices. The title of the CLE is “To Be Blunt, Can I Be A Cannabis Lawyer In Utah? – the Legal Ethics of Cannabis Law.” Jonathan will be joined by Hannah Follender (Stoel Rives LLP), Cory Talbot (Holland & Hart LLP), and J.D. Lauritzen (WholesomeCo), on the panel.

The panel will answer questions vital to Utah’s cannabis landscape including:

What is cannabis law? Can I practice cannabis law in Utah? What is the legal/illegal status of cannabis in Utah? In the US? What is the current ethics rule relevant to practice involving cannabis and what does this mean for Utah attorneys? How are Utah attorneys currently navigating this rule? What is the new rule change proposal and what will this do?

The panelists will take questions at the end of the event.

Event Details: 

Date: Monday, December 5th, 2022 Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. MST Location: Utah Law & Justice Center or Online Credit: 1 Ethics Live or E-Verified Credit (pending approval)

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Five RI medical pot dispensaries licensed to sell recreational weed starting Dec. 1 – The Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has licensed five of its six operating medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling the drug for recreational use as well starting Dec. 1, when the state’s legalization goes into effect. 

The newest of those five businesses opened for medical sales last week. Mother Earth Wellness, in Pawtucket, opened at 125 Esten Ave., and co-owner Joseph Pakuris said then “people are showing up.” 

Recreational sales are expected to eclipse medical sales quickly, he said, especially with the number of registered medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island continuing to decline. 

“I think 70% of the business will be recreational,” said Pakuris. 

The number of medical marijuana patients has been declining each month since July 2021, when 19,439 were registered through the state, according to data kept by the Department of Business Regulation.

As of October, Rhode Island had 15,714 registered patients, a drop of 21% since July 2021. Regulators have attributed much of the decrease to patients buying their medicine without the hassle of state regulations at the growing number of Massachusetts retail pot shops along the Rhode Island border. (Massachusetts opened its first retail stores in 2018.) 

With Rhode Island this year joining 20 other states in legalizing adult recreational marijuana sales, the state

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It’s Official! A Recreational Cannabis Dispensary is Coming to Ithaca – ithaca.com

New York State passed the marijuana regulation and taxation Act (MRTA) in March of 2021, officially legalizing adult use of cannabis while laying the groundwork for the office of cannabis management (OCM) to issue various types of licenses for legal adult use cannabis businesses. On November 21, 2022 the state finally began issuing its first licenses for businesses to start legal recreational cannabis sales.

A press release from the Office of Cannabis Management said they began the process of issuing licenses by “approving 28 licenses for business owners with a cannabis conviction or family members with a cannabis conviction.” The licenses are part of the Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) program, which is a central pillar of the New York State Seeding Opportunity Initiative.

Through the Initiative, New York’s first legal adult-use retail dispensaries will be operated by those most impacted by the enforcement of the prohibition of cannabis or nonprofit organizations whose services include support for the formerly incarcerated.

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Over the last 30 years, Black New Yorkers were 15 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis than white New Yorkers. For Latinos, it was eight times more likely. Accordingly, the majority

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A Timeline Of Some Significant Events In The History Of Medical Cannabis In Canada

• 1922 Pioneering feminist Emily Murphy publishes an inflammatory book, The Black Candle. She claims that marijuana turns its users into homicidal maniacs.

• 1923 Cannabis is added to the Schedule of the Opium and Narcotic Control Act.

• 1969 Canadian government establishes a Commission of Inquiry Into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs, known as the Le Dain commission after its chairman, Gerald Le Dain.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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First Legal Cannabis Retail Licenses Hit New York’s Massive Market

In November, New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) announced 28 individual businesses and eight nonprofits that have been selected so far for the first round of retail licenses, known as Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses, being issued in New York State. Between them, the recipients represent a range of industries in their (required) business histories, as well as nonprofits with large presences and various organizational goals, across New York.

These first, mostly turnkey retail dispensaries, or ‘recreational’ stores (a term that differentiates them from medical-only dispensaries, which already serve registered cannabis patients in NYS), will enter a marketplace where variously brazen brick-and-mortar ‘clubs’ and storefronts, semi-secretly expanded tobacconists, and Weed World trucks have already been testing the waters of a decriminalized(-ish) New York alongside ‘legacy’ unregulated cannabis operators (a.k.a. ‘dealers,’ underground delivery services, and/or justice-impacted operators, depending who you ask).

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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First Legal Cannabis Retail Licenses Hit New York’s Massive Market

In November, New York’s Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) announced 28 individual businesses and eight nonprofits that have been selected so far for the first round of retail licenses, known as Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary (CAURD) licenses, being issued in New York State. Between them, the recipients represent a range of industries in their (required) business histories, as well as nonprofits with large presences and various organizational goals, across New York.

These first, mostly turnkey retail dispensaries, or ‘recreational’ stores (a term that differentiates them from medical-only dispensaries, which already serve registered cannabis patients in NYS), will enter a marketplace where variously brazen brick-and-mortar ‘clubs’ and storefronts, semi-secretly expanded tobacconists, and Weed World trucks have already been testing the waters of a decriminalized(-ish) New York alongside ‘legacy’ unregulated cannabis operators (a.k.a. ‘dealers,’ underground delivery services, and/or justice-impacted operators, depending who you ask).

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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