Lawsuit Seeks to End Connecticut’s Cannabis Programs

A lawsuit filed in the Connecticut Superior Court is challenging the state’s cannabis legalization law and asking a judge to halt cannabis sales statewide because the plant remains federally prohibited.

Ganajapreneur reports

A lawsuit filed last week in Connecticut Superior Court is challenging cannabis legalization in the state and asking a judge to stop cannabis sales, CT News Junkie reports. The complaint was filed by the Stamford Neighborhoods Coalition and more than a dozen individual plaintiffs and names Mayor Caroline Simmons and the city’s Zoning Board as defendants. 

The group is seeking an injunction to ban cannabis business operations in Stamford and the state as a whole on the grounds that the 2021 law legalizing cannabis possession and commercial sales was preempted by the federal Controlled Substances Act.

In the complaint, attorney David Herz argued that “Under federal law anyone involved in the growing, manufacturing, distribution or dispensing, or possession with intent to manufacture, grow, distribute or dispense marijuana is marijuana trafficking subject to federal prosecution under the federal Controlled Substances Act.”

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