In this week’s edition: Civil rights advocacy and other groups push for passage of MORE Act Montana commercial recreational cannabis initiative qualifies for state ballot Maine announces plans to issue first active licenses for adult use cannabis businesses Join Expert Webcast on August 27 for a cannabis M&A webinar featuring Dentons partner Eric Berlin And more… Federal
Cannabis Corruption Cases Ramp Up With FBI Scrutiny – As legalization efforts continue to expand, federal prosecutions and investigations of cannabis corruption have apparently increased over the course of the past year. In Nevada, this includes an ongoing federal investigation overlapping with civil litigation over the way the state awarded marijuana licenses. In Massachusetts, former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia (D) remains scheduled to go to trial in 2021 over allegations he extorted cash from cannabis businesses seeking licenses. In June, two officials from the border city of Calexico, CA, admitted they had accepted bribes from a person they believed was representing investors interested in the cannabis industry. And back in January, former Maryland House of Delegates member Cheryl Glenn (D) pled guilty to charges of collecting bribes in exchange for votes on cannabis legislation.
Civil Rights Advocacy and Other Groups Urge Passage of the MORE Act – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 220 national advocacy organizations, and more than 125 national, state and local drug policy, criminal justice reform and civil rights organizations, penned a letter to the US House of Representatives urging passage of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act (H.R.3884). Among other things, the MORE Act seeks to address mass criminalization, racially biased policing, and over-enforcement of drug law violations. The bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) gained eight new co-sponsors in August.
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