Why Are the Feds Requesting Info on California Marijuana Businesses?

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a petition with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California last month seeking important documents about cannabis businesses in California.

The petition does not state a reason for the request, Marijuana Moment reports. But it says U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officials first made a request of the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control in January and were denied.

According to the petition, DEA agents want “unredacted cannabis license(s), unredacted cannabis license application(s), and unredacted shipping manifest(s)” for six unnamed entities.

As CalMarijuanaPolicy recently noted, a DOJ whistleblower has accused Attorney General William Barr of directing investigations into cannabis firm mergers based on a personal animus toward marijuana. Moreover, with the November election looming and the administration homing in on a message of “law and order,” the industry would be justified in feeling some sense of unease.