#cannabisindustry – “To conduct the poll, 1,100 Americans aged 21 and older were questioned about their thoughts on cannabis, consumption habits and legalization. Nearly two-thirds of respondents stated that they believe cannabis has an overall positive impact on society, while 61.5% felt cannabis plays an important role in supporting U.S. economic growth. 62.6% also said “The cannabis industry is important for the local economy.”
67.6% of surveyed people also said, “Federal banking restrictions should be lifted so that American cannabis companies can have equal access to banking services.”….
The survey also found that three in four Americans feel that the Department of Veterans Affairs should update its rules to allow veterans access to medical cannabis with a doctor’s prescription.”


#cannabisindustry – “On multiple occasions in 2021, the San Bernardino sheriff’s department specifically and deliberately targeted Empyreal Logistics’ armored vehicles, knowing that the company often transported cash from licensed marijuana dispensaries throughout the region. Without charging any entity for criminal wrongdoing — including the drivers themselves, who didn’t even receive traffic violations — the deputies confiscated over $1 million from the back of the trucks over the course of multiple traffic stops using a procedure known as “civil asset forfeiture.”
Because California law specifically protects the proceeds of legal marijuana companies, the deputies did what police forces around the country have done when faced with similar restrictions on seizing people’s personal property: They turned the loot over to the federal government, hoping to keep up to 80 percent of the money through the Justice Department’s “equitable sharing” forfeiture program….
For most people, the process of defending one’s property is further frustrated by the fact that, unlike criminal proceedings, victims of civil asset forfeiture are not guaranteed legal representation nor the presumption of innocence — leaving many financially strained individuals with little recourse against a police practice that is specifically designed to circumvent the due-process protections guaranteed by the Constitution.
This quintessentially un-American policing practice is indicative of the way the “war on drugs” has undermined civil liberties and due process in the name of “getting tough” on crime. After all, words are powerful — and, as the saying goes, all’s fair in love and war. Just as the “war on terror” ostensibly justified the warrantless surveillance of American citizens and outright torture of suspected terrorists, so too has the “war on drugs” been used to give law enforcement the tools necessary to circumvent and ignore many of the constitutional protections otherwise guaranteed to individuals.”