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Expert Advisors to Cannabis Businesses in Oregon

Navigating the murky legal waters of cannabis-based businesses is challenging on your own. Let Harris Sliwoski help with industry-expert legal planning, regulatory support, corporate guidance, and compliance strategies.

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Portland Cannabis Lawyers

Harris Sliwoski’s Oregon cannabis team is headquartered in Portland. Our lawyers serve clients across the state, as well as out-of-state and international investors, buyers and service providers to the industry. We have been working with Oregon cannabis businesses since 2011, before the first Oregon Health Authority (OHA) licensed dispensaries. We have seen it all.

Medical marijuana was introduced in Oregon through Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) in 1998. In late 2014, voters legalized the recreational use of cannabis for adults 21 and over through Measure 91. Today, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is the entity that primarily regulates the marijuana industry and issues state licenses. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) regulates hemp production and issues hemp-related permits.

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Work With Us for Various Cannabis Law Services

The Harris Sliwoski team is your solution for comprehensive cannabis law expertise. Our services include:

Intellectual Property Protection

In a competitive market, branding matters. You need bold representation to preserve your cannabis-related intellectual property assets. At Harris Sliwoski, our attorneys draw on extensive worldwide experience in safeguarding trademarks, copyrights and more for industry businesses.

Regulatory Compliance

Getting your business’s license approved is only the first step. After that, many federal, state and local regulations apply to your operations. Carelessness and oversights can be costly mistakes leading to fines or license cancellation. Our team knows what it takes to comply, even when the rules continue evolving. We’ll help you design robust strategies to follow the law and protect your business.

Corporate Governance

Businesses that grow and succeed have something in common — a solid foundation of corporate governance that details stakeholders’ rights, responsibilities and procedures for conflict resolution. Our team drafts the necessary documents that guide stakeholder actions to help clarify everyone’s understanding and preserve internal harmony.

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Our Oregon Cannabis Attorneys

Our Oregon cannabis corporate attorneys represent clients in the acquisition, sale and transfer of cannabis licenses, all manner of business and related agreements, compliance, setting up agricultural leases, and drafting and negotiating a multitude of corporate agreements. Our Oregon cannabis litigation attorneys represent clients in disputes that arise through the course of doing business, as well as in administrative appeal matters in which the state issues notices of violation or threatens license cancelation.

Harris Sliwoski’s Oregon cannabis attorneys also frequently write, teach and present on cannabis-related business issues.

Full-Service Planning for Legal Service Surrounding Cannabis in Oregon

Harris Sliwoski has been a trusted solution for cannabis law since 2011 and serves companies statewide. Let us help you reduce your business risks and support your ability to grow and thrive. Request a consultation with our Portland cannabis attorneys today.

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An intelligent, timely resource for the cannabis industry

Beyond advising individual businesses, our cannabis attorneys are committed to fortifying, defending, and building credibility for the industry as a whole. Harris Sliwoski’s cannabis business lawyers are more than legal strategists—they are thought leaders: forward-thinking bloggers, educators, writers, and speakers.

They regularly write articles for legal journals and frequently post to our acclaimed and widely followed Canna Law Blog. We speak to business and trade groups, academic institutions, and government bodies on a variety of cannabis legal issues, and our cannabis lawyers are frequently quoted by global, national, and local media outlets. We also have compiled (and are forever adding to) a Cannabis Glossary to help with industry terminology. 

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Our Clients' Successes

“Harris Sliwoski expertly guided us through the formation of our company. They continue to assist with necessary registrations and compliance with numerous regulations. They were able to promptly answer all our many questions and provide understandable options, explanations and practical advice. We expect to continue to use Harris Sliwoski on a regular basis as our company expands. They were also able to introduce us other professional experts. We would not hesitate to recommend Harris Sliwoski to any companies in need of legal advice.”

user icon Three Continents Foods LLC

This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

user icon Wil Crummer, CEO PRO Farms

Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Harris Sliwoski have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. They quickly walked me through my options, and were refreshingly consistent in their communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Harris Sliwoski quickly made things right.

user icon Aaron Draplin, Founder Draplin Design Co.

I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

user icon Corey T., CEO Thinc Cubed, LLC

I have been working with the lawyers at Harris Sliwoski for more than 20 years both as a business owner and as an executive at a large east-coast health system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Sliwoski provided legal support on many matters related to procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful to during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Sliwoski’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

user icon Dan Pak Hospital Supply Chain Executive

Harris Sliwoski has represented our company in the legal cannabis industry for years. Harris Sliwoski has advised us in a wide variety of legal matters, and they are truly experts in their field. I would highly recommend Harris Sliwoski to anyone with questions about cannabis law, or any legal matters. They have been great for our Company, and will continue to guide us as our industry evolves

user icon Matt Hurt, COO Cannabis Nation

You won’t find a better partner than Harris Sliwoski when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

user icon Joseph Axelrod, General Counsel Irwin Naturals

When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel.  The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find.  After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Sliwoski as our legal counsel.

user icon Tony Theiss, CEO and Co-Founder Redbarn Cannabis 

We use Harris Sliwoski on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Sliwoski’s international dispute resolution team provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Sliwoski was a big factor in that.

user icon Kevin English, CEO We Are Camp

We have used Harris Sliwoski for legal help related to our international manufacturing. The lawyers with whom I worked had extensive familiarity with the international legal issues involved in our various projects and offered us key insights. I particularly appreciated how they always quickly and efficiently do what they say they will do and always within their cost estimates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to questions clients ask us most often.

Can You Help Me Get an Oregon Cannabis License?

Our team is highly experienced in navigating the intense licensing process and can help you submit the best possible application. Obtaining a license is merely one step to setting up your business, and your Harris Sliwoski attorney will also guide you through the other requirements, such as state registration.

How Do I Know Which License I Need?

There are many different license types depending on your business’s industry role. For example, retailers have a separate license from processors or growers. Your company may also need additional licenses for certain products, such as cannabis-infused foods. The best solution is a consultation with our team members, who know the applicable regulations.

Why Work With Harris Sliwoski as Your Oregon Cannabis Lawyer?

At Harris Sliwoski, our primary focus is always on our clients’ best interests and long-term goals. We draw on cannabis law experience that spans over a decade to design customized legal strategies for you. Our team can assist businesses in any aspect of the cannabis industry and at all growth stages.

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