California cannabis regulators ignored a subpoena from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) last week. The DEA first requested the business documents in January. Those requests were not granted.
The DEA filed a lawsuit and a federal judge granted the subpoena for documentation.
Licensing and shipping information for cannabis businesses in the state are at stake.
The California Bureau of Cannabis Compliance (BCC) claims the document request violates the privacy laws of the State. But the federal court disagrees.
Now, under penalty of law, the regulators must provide the documents to the DEA.
The DEA claims the information is for pending legislation. But there is no description of the pending legislation. A possible upcoming vote in the House of Representatives may be the reason why.
But the DEA says the information they seek has to do with patient accessibility to cannabis.
The subpoena targets six big cannabis companies licensed in California. And they’re right to be uneasy about turning business documents over to the feds.
It’s difficult to trust a law enforcement agency run by a government who has a shady history in the area of cannabis.
There’s a reason to care about this information, and it has to do with the next few weeks.
As rumor has it the legislature will vote on cannabis reform. There’s hope this could be the big one. See the article titled U.S. Feds Could Make a Move on Marijuana Soon
Pro marijuana legislation coming out of the U.S. could change a lot on the global scene.
The World Health Organization will be more inclined to deschedule marijuana. And the doors for cannabis trade on a global scale could open wide.
Medical cannabis in EU countries could also get a boost. An open market for cannabis trade would allow greater access to patients worldwide.
Places like Columbia, Lesotho, South Africa, could supply the demand for medical marijuana.
Profits and tax revenues from medical marijuana would go through the roof.
I’m not saying that America is the biggest or the best by any measure. However, American laws on marijuana do influence other parts of the world.
This is a time of social unrest. Major reforms are needed.
We live in a time some call the “era of social distancing”. Even while we social distance, social reform is taking place. “Black Lives Matter” movement reminds us how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.
Racist legislation must go. It is time to protect the things we love. To stand up for the rights of the people and the businesses making cannabis access possible.
Our cannabis industry represents more than another form of recreation. It provides the medicine people need and the freedom from unnecessary prosecution. The stage is set for cannabis reform.
The issue with the California Bureau of Cannabis Control and the DEA subpoena tells a story of the time. It says we are willing to protect cannabis businesses because they are valuable to us. Laws are there to protect the people.
Give the people social reform. And give them cannabis.