Category: Cannabis in the Courts

Judge: Florida’s ban on smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional

A state-imposed ban on smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional, a Florida judge has ruled. Leon County circuit court Judge Karen Gievers on June 5 upheld her May 25 ruling, ending a stay in this back-and-forth dispute. “The state’s… Read More

Criminal records cleared for some Californians convicted on pot charges

Those convicted of marijuana-related infractions could receive a clean slate in California, based on a trend in some jurisdictions. “Thousands of people with misdemeanor convictions for marijuana possession dating back 40 years will have their criminal records cleared,… Read More

RICO law used to target marijuana businesses

An anti-mobster law, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, has emerged as a tool to fight marijuana-related businesses, including a case in Massachusetts citing “pungent odors” caused by consumption of the substance, among other negative effects. Bloomberg… Read More

Will Pot + RICO Challenge State’s Federalist Trend?

Writing in The Washington Post, legal commentator Jonathan H. Adler outlines both the context and challenges facing “legal” marijuana now that a law targeting gangsters is being used for civil resistance to state pot reforms. We’ve reported before… Read More

Legal Pot Might Be Sued Out of Business

A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit is raising eyebrows in the legal marijuana industry and the Denver weekly newspaper Westword warns that the litigation “… is based on federal racketeering laws, that… Read More