Drugs Posts

Feds Can Prosecute CA Marijuana Growers for Crops on Federal Land

Appeals Court Says Feds Can Enforce Marijuana Law on Federal Land in Legal States: (“A U.S. appeals court says a law that bans the Justice Department from prosecuting some medical marijuana users and dispensaries does not apply to marijuana operations on federal land.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected an appeal by two men charged in federal court with growing marijuana in Northern California on property controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.”)

DOJ Memo: Death Penalty for Drug Dealers

Sessions Issues Memo on Use of Death Penalty in Drug-Related Cases: (“Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday issued a memo to U.S. attorneys about seeking the death penalty for some drug traffickers, which was part of President Trump’s plan to combat the opioid epidemic released earlier this week. * * * I strongly encourage federal prosecutors to use these statutes, when appropriate, to aid in our continuing fight against drug trafficking and the destruction it causes in our nation,” Sessions wrote.”)

Banks Hedging on Cannabis Industry

Questions Raised After Bank Terminates Cannabis-Industry Lawyer’s Account: (“Khurshid Khoja says he tries to play by the rules. * * * The Greenbridge Corporate Counsel founder advises state-legal marijuana-related businesses. He knows the sector they all work in is legally murky. California rolled out its licensed recreational market on Jan. 1, but the federal government still considers marijuana an illegal drug. *  * * Khoja says he operates by certain business principles. His clients do not pay in cash. Deposits into the law firm’s state bar-required trust account are identified by their source and visible to the bank. Every client must comply with Obama-era guidance—since rescinded by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions—designed to minimize the chances of federal prosecution.”)

US Supreme Court May Hear Case About Police Destruction of Property During Consent Searches

Should Cops Be Allowed to Rip Up Your Stuff While Looking for Drugs?: (“On April 10, 2015, Alexis Gonzalez-Badillo was standing outside a bus station in Laredo, Texas, waiting to board a bus to Houston. A uniformed police officer was milling about, searching for contraband. Their paths soon crossed, resulting in Gonzalez-Badillo’s arrest and setting off a long legal battle that may conclude at the Supreme Court in the coming months.”)

DOJ Urges Dismissal of Civil Suit Seeking Marijuana Legalization

US Judge Weights Challenge to Federal Marijuana Prohibition: (“The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday urged a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the United States’ longstanding prohibition of marijuana, the latest court battle over federal policy under President Donald Trump’s administration.”)

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