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Federal Cannabis enforcement news

There’s been a recent battle in federal court with the U.S. Department of Justice seeking to force California cannabis regulators to disclose information about a number of cannabis businesses. (link) Per news reports, California state regulators have resisted the subpoena (essentially, a formal demand), claiming that the Justice Department wasn’t providing enough information about relevancy. Well, it came out earlier this week in a filing that the Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating unnamed, licensed California cannabis businesses and individuals “as part of an investigation into possible illegal importation and transportation of marijuana oil from Mexico by certain licensees.” (link

Taking these reports at face value, this is yet another example of where the Department of Justice seems to be drawing a line of enforcement (c.f. link) for state-compliant businesses (not legal advice!), highlighting both the importance of compliance and the ongoing risk of doing business in conflict with the Controlled Substances Act. (link)

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