California Courtroom Returns 1,800 Kilos of Hashish Oil and Money After Heavy Bust – firebird-cbdoil
In January, officers from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Department arrived at the Arroyo Verde farms and rummaged around. Before the day ended, the police claimed the company illegally marketed cannabis and confiscated 1,800 pounds of raw cannabis oil and $ 620,000. This week, however, a senior judge offered a strict reprimand of law enforcement efforts and ordered the sheriffs to return the cannabis and money immediately.
According to the Marijuana Business Daily, judge Thomas Anderle found that the sheriff's division had done everything wrong and provided no evidence that the weeds were illegal.
"The recording here shows that a cannabis operator licensed in California has not committed any crime," judge Anderle said. "Much less deliberately committed a crime."
Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times seized Arroyo Verde's seizure to show how mature the rapidly growing cannabis industry in Santa Barbara was ripe for illegal activity. But while Sheriffs and The Times described Arroyo Verde's cannabis oil containers as a shady secret that was hidden from the rest of their operations, a few months in court showed that the crude oil had been legally produced, was already sold, and was just waiting to be bought its legally transmitted.
John Armstrong, lawyer at Procan Labs, the company that bought the crude oil and stored it in Arroyo Verde, said that the delayed handover of legally purchased goods had almost brought his customers out of business.
"Licensed cannabis operators should not be in danger of losing their business because the police confuse legitimate cannabis operations with illegal black market activities," said Armstrong. "If the confiscated cannabis oil is not returned to Procan immediately, the company will likely be forced to close its business."
It is still unclear how or why the Santa Barbara sheriff department was confused and completely legal cannabis was confiscated. But as the weed market in the Golden State expands – and the black market bust continues – courts have shown that they understand local weed laws far better than police officers.
"This decision shows that our courts will side with the cannabis industry if evidence of good faith efforts to comply with government regulations is provided," said Armstrong.
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