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A cannabis money transport firm is suing the federal government in California Court over a civil forfeiture of cash by law enforcement officers in Kansas and California, who were working in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. As our Los Angeles cannabis company lawyers recognize, the case underscores the unique risked undertaken by those in the legal cannabis industry who are largely cut off from traditional banking resources, thanks to federal marijuana prohibition laws.Los Angeles cannabis business lawyer

The case is Empyreal Enterprises LLC v. United States, filed in January in the Central District Court of California.

Plaintiff is actually a Pennsylvania-based firm that offers cash collection and transport services to state-licensed medical cannabis businesses across the country. The company alleges that police and DEA agents in Kansas seized more than $165,000 in cash proceeds from a vehicle in Empryeal – money that belonged to a completely state-legal cannabis dispensary in Missouri that was being transported to another state.

Specifically, the plaintiff alleges numerous counts of something called ultra vires, which is legal jargon for actions that a government agency takes that go beyond its lawful authority. They further allege due process violations and violations of Fourth Amendment rights. The company is looking specifically to block the government from carrying out these stops, searches, and seizures from its property or possessions, which it alleges are not constitutional. An requested emergency order for that last was shot down by a U.S. District Court judge in January, but the case is still proceeding. Whether we’ll have a final decision on the matter this year remains to be seen, but it’s a case that will be worth watching as it progresses through the courts. Continue reading

California’s cannabis industry is considered essential, but it’s struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was already grappling with high taxes, soaring compliance costs and fierce competition from the black market. marijuana business lawyer

Now, as our L.A. cannabis business lawyers can explain, companies are slated to receive a number of state benefits, and perhaps even federal aid in order to ensure their survival.

Marijuana Business Daily reports the state is planning to offer a number of extensions, relief and deferrals that should allow many pot shops, manufacturers and growers to keep operations chugging along and also meeting payroll. Many are hoping that this could ultimately lead to substantial, longer-term regulation – especially where taxes are concerned. Continue reading

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