Anti-pot racketeering suit opens door for future RICO claims
May 27, 2016
A high-profile racketeering lawsuit against a proposed Summit County marijuana shop and companies that did its banking, bonding and accounting settled in U.S. District Court this month — a substantial victory for cannabis opponents hoping to stun legalization efforts in America.
The lawsuit, filed by the anti-drug group Safe Streets Alliance on behalf of the Holiday Inn hotel in Frisco, focused on property owners' rights under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. It claimed the hotel's business suffered because of Medical Marijuana of the Rockies' plans to move its shop into a building across the parking lot from the hotel.
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