Cannabis farmers in California are turning to the Supreme Court in a last-ditch attempt to expose what they claim is corruption toward the state’s cannabis industry from law enforcement.
In 2021, cannabis farmers Ann Marie Borges, Chris Gurr and Will Knight, along with a former police officer, filed a civil lawsuit that accused a number of law enforcement entities including the Rohnert Park Police Department, the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, of conspiracy to theft during raids and extortion.
Marie Borges and Gurr have also appealed a district court order dismissing their due process claim that the County of Mendocino arbitrarily and capriciously denied their application for a cannabis cultivation permit.
The pair are now turning to the Supreme Court and have filed a petition against the County of Mendocino and are expected to file another in the coming weeks.
Green Market Report highlights that if the petitions are heard by the court, the outcome of the cases may depend on a 2022 court ruling overturning the right to abortion – as the ruling was focused on the right to power that states’ have over the federal government.
The publication writes: “That same line of reasoning could easily be applied to marijuana laws, since it’s the states that have taken the lead in regulating the cannabis industry for decades now.”