Last fall, two cannabis businesses seeking permits to operate in Nevada City ran afoul of local law enforcement, putting their efforts to get legit in jeopardy.
One of those business is now in the clear, while a partner in the other faces a criminal charge in Nevada County Superior Court.
No charges will be filed against Laurel and Max Gladish, who own Highest Health Collective Enterprises with Daniel Carter. The manufacturing company received the OK for a permit in July 2018, then submitted an application for a distribution arm under the name Nevada City Trading Company.
That application, and the status of their current permit, was thrown into limbo after the company was linked to a suspected honey oil lab in September.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant on a property on Tracy Drive and discovered a complete set-up for a methanol distillation lab. Detectives allegedly found items linked to Highest Health Collective Enterprises, detectives said at the time.
This week, Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Ed Grubaugh said he will not file charges in the case.
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“At the conclusion of the investigation, we were unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Maxwell and Laurel Gladish had committed a crime,” Grubaugh said.
Laurel Gladish expressed relief the criminal investigation has been closed, saying, “Coming into the legal marketplace has been one of the hardest things we have ever done. The transition is not for the faint of heart.”
“We hope that we can continue to work with Nevada City government to create a clear path forward, where applicants are not targeted and spotlighted as they work to do the right thing by coming into the legal cannabis market,” she said. “HHCo is committed to operating a professional, responsible