The City of Commerce has a historic reputation for corruption—a tradition that lives on, as argued by a new cannabis company lawsuit. The suit alleges a retail scheme involving the city and a prominent local political operative.
Los Cerritos News

  • The owners of From the Earth, LLC, say that Eastside Los Angeles organizer and activist Mario Beltran demanded kickbacks from prospective Commerce dispensary operators.
  • “[T]he action is based upon the corrupt conduct of the city of Commerce illegally conspiring with convicted felon and disgraced former Bell City Councilman Mario Beltran to develop a plan in which each would profit off the issuance of licenses in the city of Commerce.”

Quick Hits

  1. The most election-minded population in American history just got blessed with a guidebook for getting psychedelics decriminalized in your hometown.
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  2. “Foreign investors … have a special set of issues to deal with when it comes to cannabis, and they don’t necessarily stem from state law licensing issues,” Hilary Bricken explains.
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  3. The industry continues to struggle with energy-efficiency issues, causing some to wonder whether legal weed is stressing the enviroment.
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