Local intrepid reporter Daniel Reidy, no stranger to covering Canna Provisions in the past, swung by to speak with Canna Provisions CEO Meg Sanders about the historic lawsuit against US Attorney General Merrick Garland on the constitutionality of the Controlled Substances Act as it relates to intrastate commerce.
From the story’s “What you need to know” rundown in the online feature:
What You Need To Know
- Massachusetts cannabis businesses are suing the U.S. Attorney General, arguing marijuana prohibition in legal-state markets is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed on Oct. 26, 2023 in the U.S. District Court for Western Massachusetts
- The lawsuit is seeking a court ruling that “the Controlled Substances Act is unconstitutional as applied to the intrastate cultivation, manufacture, possession, and distribution of marijuana pursuant to state law” among other rulings
- Plaintiffs include Massachusetts-based Canna Provisions, Wiseacre Farm, and Treevit CEO Gyasi Sellers, as well as multi-state operator Verano Holdings Corp. Law firms Boies Schiller Flexner and Lesser, Newman, Aleo & Nasser LLP are representing the plaintiffs
- IRS Tax Code 280E, which prohibits tax deduction for businesses which traffic controlled substances, is impacting cannabis businesses across the country