A career Justice Department employee testified that U.S. Attorney General William Barr improperly hounded cannabis companies because of his antipathy to the industry.
- John Elias testified that 29% of the department’s antitrust probes targeted cannabis. “The rationale for doing so centered not on an antitrust analysis, but because [Barr] did not like the nature of their underlying business.”
- Two of the government’s independent watchdogs are investigating.
- The Justice Department’s misconduct office found that the department didn’t act improperly in its probe of 10 cannabis mergers.
Prominent cannabis attorney Hilary Bricken weighs in at Canna Law Blog, “Cannabis, Competition and a Constitutional Crisis.”
- Politico looks at the state legalization initiatives racing to make the November ballot.