washington cannabis employment law

Please note that this event has been postponed until further notice.

Owning a cannabis business can feel like you’re drowning in various regulation compliances and not actually spending time with your business. The excess of rules and regulations levied by the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), cannabis-specific regulations, along with an array of state and federal employment laws and regulations can keep any business from blossoming to its fullest. At Harris Bricken we understand your struggles and aim to keep your business thriving.

If you are a WSLCB licensed cannabis business with employees, please join us at noon (PST) on January 29, 2019 for the second of our lunchtime employment law webinar series. Throughout the presentation, Harris Bricken attorney Megan Vaniman will lend her vast knowledge of employment law to ensure that your business is in compliance with Washington regulations. Topics will include:

  • Washington’s Sick Leave Laws
  • Washington’s Ban-the-Box Regulation
  • Washington’s Equal Pay Opportunity Act
  • The difference between independent contractors and employees

Moderated by fellow Harris Bricken attorney Robert McVay, Megan will also address any relevant audience questions throughout the presentation. Please register by clicking here. For any additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact firm@harrisbricken.com. We hope you can join us!

california cannabis seminar san franciscoOn Thursday and Friday of next week, January 17 & 18, our own Daniel Dersham and Julie Hamill will present at a two-day continuing legal education (CLE) event in San Francisco called The Business of Marijuana in Northern California, to discuss cannabis real estate and land use issues in California. The roster of speakers lined up for this CLE includes an array of lawyers, consultants, and business professionals working with the cannabis industry, and everyone, including non-lawyers, would be well served to attend. For a full event description, including topics, speakers and registration links, click here.

Looking back over the past two years since the passage of Prop 64 legalizing adult-use cannabis in California, it is amazing to see how much things have changed in California cannabis. At this point, the state’s adult-use and medicinal cannabis regulatory regime is fully built out, with thousands of license applications now on file with the state. We are proud to call many of these California producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers our clients, alongside the many investors and ancillary service providers we represent.

Now that the California regulatory groundwork has stabilized, local jurisdictions have continued to open up their markets to the cannabis industry, and the legalization and decriminalization movement has continued to forge ahead, cannabis business activity in California is at an all-time high. Many of these new industry entrants bring skills, capital, and experience from other regulated markets, while others are new to the space. California attorneys and business owners alike need to be familiar with the unique regulatory concepts and industry dynamics that will be discussed on January 17 & 18 in order to best serve the California cannabis industry.

Specific topics at this CLE include: state laws and administrative rules, developments in the highly dynamic federal sphere, and practical approaches to working with and in the cannabis industry. Attendees will hear from consultants, lobbyists, business professionals, and, of course, lawyers aplenty, with specialized experience in fields such as insurance, tax, real estate, litigation, intellectual property, investment, and regulatory compliance.

If you are in or around San Francisco next week, we hope you will join us on January 17 & 18 for a two-day exploration of California cannabis law and business that is both broad and deep. And if you are a Harris Bricken client or a friend of the firm, please click here to request a promotional discount code, which can be applied to either the webcast, or to in-person attendance.

See you soon.

employment law oregon cannabisOwning a cannabis business can present formidable challenges. Adhering to the OLCC rules can be complex in and of itself, but your business must also comply with an array of state and federal employment laws and regulations.

If you are an OLCC licensed cannabis business with employees, Harris Bricken employment lawyer Megan Vaniman will present a free webinar tomorrow, December 12, 2018 at 12pm PST to help you better understand these issues. Throughout the presentation, Megan will discuss how to navigate employment law for cannabis businesses, and provide you with tips and tricks to ensure compliance. Topics Include:

  • What to consider when hiring
  • Oregon’s sick leave requirements
  • Oregon and Portland’s “ban-the-box” ordinance
  • Final pay checks
  • Independent Contractor vs Employee designation

Moderated by Harris Bricken cannabis attorney Vince Sliwoski, Megan will also address audience questions throughout the presentation. Please register by clicking here. For any additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact firm@harrisbricken.com. We hope you can join us!

california cannabis CLE ethics

Representing cannabis businesses is fraught with ethical traps. Cannabis businesses require guidance in navigating complex and shifting state and local regulations, and providing that guidance in a federally illegal landscape requires a delicate dance. To learn about and discuss potential pitfalls in representing California cannabis businesses, join us on December 7 at 12pm PST for a webinar entitled “Ethically Navigating Local and State Licensing for Cannabis Businesses.”

At the webinar, attorneys Julie Hamill of Harris Bricken and Ruben Duran of Best Best & Krieger will provide tips on how to traverse the ever-changing landscape of local and state licensing without getting your clients or yourself in trouble. The attorneys will cover changes to the California Rules of Professional Conduct, updates to federal policies and state regulations, and cautionary tales of cannabis attorneys who have found their ethics called into question.

Program Highlights:

  • Continuing tension between state and federal laws
  • Applying the new Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Regional bar association ethics opinions
  • Attorney-Client privilege concerns
  • Public law: conflicts of interest and bribery
  • Real life ethical scenarios

This is an intermediate level program worth 1 MCLE credit in Legal Ethics. Some experience with cannabis law is assumed. Please go here to register!

For more of Julie’s work, please check out the below posts:

cannabis marijuana events

Thanks to Marijuana Business Daily for hosting MJBizCon 2018 in Las Vegas earlier this month! MJBizCon has separated itself from other cannabis conferences in both quality of content presented and sheer number of attendees. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the conference was projected to draw 25,000 attendees, a 50% jump in attendance from last year. When the dust settled, the event actually surpassed that projection, with Marijuana Business Daily reporting that nearly 28,000 people attended the conference.

Contributing to those solid attendance numbers were several folks from Harris Bricken including attorneys Hilary Bricken, Robert McVay, Alison Malsbury, Megan Vaniman, Tatiana Logan, and Julie Hamill, and paralegals Meghan Saunders, Desiree Andersen, Kait LaPorte and Madeline Williams.

To celebrate the occasion, Harris Bricken hosted a pre-conference cocktail party, “Vegas Magic: A Cannabis Industry Soiree.” The sold-out event allowed our team to meet and mingle with cannabis entrepreneurs attending the conference. There was also a magician to keep the crowd entertained. Thanks to the following businesses for providing SWAG (i.e. “Stuff We All Get”) for the Soiree:

If you missed MJBizCon, or if you attended but still have an appetite for more cannabis analysis, we have good news! Our attorneys are speaking at a number of events before the year’s end, including a handful this week and next:

The Seminar Group presents: The Business of Marijuana in Washington State | November 29, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM PST & November 30, 9:00 AM-12:45 PM PST | This two-day CLE will take place at the Crowne Plaza in Seattle. It will cover a wide range of topics relating to Washington cannabis law, with several Harris Bricken attorneys presenting. Robert McVay will chair the event and present on investing in Washington’s marijuana industry. Megan Vaniman will discuss employment law considerations for Washington cannabis businesses. Daniel Shortt will give a presentation on the complex legal considerations for industrial hemp and CBD derived from industrial hemp.

NJCPA presents Cannabis: How it is Working in Other States – CA, CO, WA | November 30, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PST | Hilary Bricken will host a webinar discussing which states have taken a smart approach to legalization and which ones are in need of improvement and how New Jersey should address legalization.

NIA West Fall Conference 2019 | December 4, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM PST | Alison Malsbury will offer guidance on all things cannabis and CBD.

New York University School of Law presents Cannabis: The Path to Regulation and Representation | December 5, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST |  Hilary Bricken will present on ethical and practical issues lawyers face while representing the cannabis industry.

The Seminar Group presents: CLE Bootcamp – Hot Topics in the Law | December 7,  9:00 AM PST | Daniel Shortt will present on the second day of the 17th annual CLE Boot Camp, taking place at the Washington State Convention.  He’ll provide an update on the state of cannabis in Washington and at the federal level, including a summary of recent changes to Washington’s market, an overview of federal law and policy on marijuana and hemp and, a summary of common issues cannabis businesses face.

Ethically Navigating Local and State Licensing for Cannabis Businesses | December 7,  12:00 PM – 1:00 PST | Julie Hamill will provide tips on how to navigate the ever-changing landscape of local and state licensing without getting your clients or yourself in trouble. Topics will include changes to the California Rules of Professional Conduct, and update on federal policies and state regulations, and cautionary tales of cannabis attorneys who have found their ethics called into question.

Free Webinar: Employment Law for Oregon Cannabis Businesses | December 12, 12:00 PM PST | Megan Vaniman will host a webinar focused on how to navigate employment law for cannabis businesses and the employment laws that most affect cannabis businesses in Oregon.

We hope you can join us for these upcoming events!

oregon cannabis employment law webinar

If you missed our October 11 event on employment law for Oregon cannabis businesses, fret no longer. On December 12, 2018 at 12pm PST, Harris Bricken employment lawyer Megan Vaniman will present the first unit of our lunchtime employment law webinar series. The webinar will last an hour or so.

Megan will discuss how to navigate employment law for cannabis businesses and the employment laws that most affect cannabis businesses in Oregon. Most importantly, she will provide you with a whole host of tips and tricks to ensure solid management and compliance, and take questions along the way. Topics will include:

  • What to consider when hiring
  • Oregon and Portland’s “ban-the-box” ordinance
  • Oregon’s sick leave requirements
  • Final paychecks
  • Independent contractor versus employee designations
  • OLCC issues

With moderator Vince Sliwoski, Megan will address audience questions throughout the presentation. To register, please go here. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach us at firm@harrisbricken.com.

If your cannabis business is located in Washington or California, don’t worry–we’ve got you covered. Stay tuned for webinars on cannabis employment law in Washington and California in the new year!

What’s in YOUR employee handbook?

Even if your company is fully compliant with all OLCC-mandated marijuana laws and regulations, you can still expose yourself to legal pitfalls if you aren’t just as strict keeping up with state and federal employment laws. While the rapid evolution of corporate cannabis is evident in the news alone, you may not realize that state employment laws are just as volatile — and there are a lot of them.

As a business owner, you should know how to navigate this multitude of regulations. We saw one company face the consequences of violating Oregon’s sick leave law earlier this year. OSHA could be just as serious if they find marijuana producers are not adhering to state agricultural safety standards. What can you expect with an employment audit? How does Oregon and Portland’s “ban-the-box” ordinance effect who and how you hire?

Harris Bricken employment lawyer Megan Vaniman will be leading a free presentation on employment law for cannabis businesses on October 11, 2018 from 4 to 5 PM PST, followed by a reception. OSHA and BOLI are the tip of the iceberg; Megan will dive deep into state and federal legislation that can prevent your business from succeeding if you don’t proceed with caution.

Both the event and reception will take place at Harris Bricken’s Portland office. Can’t be there in person? The content in this presentation will be recorded and distributed as a webinar at a later date. Further questions about the event can be sent to firm@harrisbricken.com.

RSVP for this event at our EventBrite today!

Want to study up before the event? In addition to the articles linked above, check out these past articles by Megan:

cannabis hemp CBD
Don’t miss this one!

Cannabidiol (“CBD”) products are suddenly everywhere. But as much as opportunity and possibility have opened in the hemp-derived CBD industry, so too have legal pitfalls and snares that can confuse just about anyone breaking into this new market. When it comes to navigating the trails that are still being blazed, many are left wondering, “Is it legal or not?”

At a time when the popularity of CBD and hemp products meets legalization, the importance of this question cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, the answer is not an easy one. Individuals and companies alike are stepping forward with innovative ideas and using these products in health supplements, topical ointments, and even food and beverages. What they often find at all stages of production (manufacturing, distribution, and marketing), is that the law can be ambiguous and varied, especially when divided by state lines and the unavoidable intersections with federal law.

Our attorneys have been at the forefront of the struggle to effectively interpret and understand these challenging legal circumstances. Tomorrow,  August 16th, at 11 am PST, Harris Bricken attorneys Daniel Shortt and Alison Malsbury will present a webinar entitled “CBD Legal or Not: How State and Federal Laws Govern the Manufacture, Marketing & Distribution of CBD Products.”

Whether you are an individual or part of a company, working with U.S. or foreign grown products, an attorney or a government official, this webinar will equip you with the knowledge you need to successfully untangle the legal knots that may be preventing you or your clients from realizing the full potential of this industry. Our attorneys will discuss current state and federal laws, marketing do’s and don’ts, trademark protections, and FDA regulations. They will also address audience questions throughout the presentation.

To register, please go here.

In the meantime, for more on CBD law, check out the following:

wine cannabis marijuana california

Our own Hilary Bricken will have the great pleasure of speaking at the 2nd annual North Coast Wine & Weed Symposium (presented by the Wine Industry Network) on Thursday, August 2, in Santa Rosa. While the Symposium will focus on a variety of topics covering the cross section of the wine and cannabis industries, Hilary’s panel will specifically cover “Rules, Regulations, and Policy Updates” in regards to the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”) and its corresponding readopted emergency rules and the current proposed permanent rules.

The breakdown of Hilary’s panel is as follows:

The rules & regulations around cannabis continue to evolve at a rapid pace and can be drastically different from one county, or town, to the next. This session, with Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director of Cal Growers Association, Hilary Bricken, Partner, Harris Bricken, and Erin Carlstrom, Senior Counsel of Dickenson, Peatman and Fogarty, will provide an update and overview of the latest changes in regulations at the state level and local level, along with any expected changes to take place in the upcoming year.

We expect a lively and interesting discussion at this symposium: Although the wine and cannabis industries don’t always get along, these two industries have a lot more in common than you might think, and knowing the current status of California’s cannabis rules and laws as well as ongoing policy debates surrounding MAUCRSA, will no doubt have an impact on both industries.

For all your questions about wine and cannabis, as well as specifics regarding the regulatory challenges under MAUCRSA, we sincerely hope you can make it to the Wine & Weed Symposium!

cbd marijuana hemp webinar
We can explain.

Cannabidiol (“CBD”) products are suddenly everywhere. But as much as opportunity and possibility have opened in the hemp-derived CBD industry, so too have legal pitfalls and snares that can confuse just about anyone breaking into this new market. When it comes to navigating the trails that are still being blazed, many are left wondering, “Is it legal or not?”

At a time when the popularity of CBD and hemp products meets legalization, the importance of this question cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, the answer is not an easy one. Individuals and companies alike are stepping forward with innovative ideas and using these products in health supplements, topical ointments, and even food and beverages. What they often find at all stages of production (manufacturing, distribution, and marketing), is that the law can be ambiguous and varied, especially when divided by state lines and the unavoidable intersections with federal law.

Our attorneys have been at the forefront of the struggle to effectively interpret and understand these challenging legal circumstances. On August 16th at 11 am PST, Harris Bricken attorneys Daniel Shortt and Alison Malsbury will present a webinar entitled “CBD Legal or Not: How State and Federal Laws Govern the Manufacture, Marketing & Distribution of CBD Products.”

Whether you are an individual or part of a company, working with U.S. or foreign grown products, an attorney or a government official, this webinar will equip you with the knowledge you need to successfully untangle the legal knots that may be preventing you or your clients from realizing the full potential of this industry. Our attorneys will discuss current state and federal laws, marketing do’s and don’ts, trademark protections, and FDA regulations. They will also address audience questions throughout the presentation.

To register, please go here. Move fast, as early bird pricing ends on August 3rd!

In the meantime, for more on CBD law, check out the following: