Feds agree to return $1.1 million in legal marijuana funds seized in California

Be at the forefront of cannabis and psychedelics science and innovation. Register today & Save $200 on tickets to The Emerald Conference by MJBiz Science, April 1-3 in San Diego.

The U.S. Department of Justice plans to give back $1.1 million in legal marijuana proceeds to an armored car company after its vehicles were stopped by sheriff’s deputies in San Bernardino County, California, last year.

As a result of the settlement, Empyreal Logistics – which does business in 28 states and acts as a cash courier between many marijuana businesses and their banks as well as for mainstream industries – will drop its federal lawsuit against the DOJ, the FBI and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, The Orange County Register reported.

The settlement ends the government’s forfeiture enforcement against Empyreal, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office told the Register.

But Empyreal’s lawsuit against the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department remains active.

The learning curve for entering the cannabis industry is steep. Start with the fundamentals.

MJBiz Cannabis 101 Email Course

A 10-part email course designed to educate new hires and aspiring professionals on the key fundamental areas of the legal cannabis industry, including:

  • History of legal cannabis in America
  • Overview of plant-touching + ancillary business sectors
  • Cannabis finance and investing
  • Cannabis marketing and brand building
  • Employment + hiring opportunities
  • And much more!

Gain a comprehensive understanding of this complex industry with this free resource.

That suit alleges that law enforcement officers engaged in “highway robbery” from Empyreal vehicles by seizing cash they knew came from state-legal marijuana businesses.

Beyond the California issue, an Empyreal driver was stopped in October in Kansas while transporting cash from a Missouri medical marijuana dispensary to a financial institution in Colorado.