New Bill Would Protect Legal Cannabis States from Asset Seizures

An innovative new bipartisan bill called the “Stop Civil Asset Forfeiture Funding for Marijuana Suppression Act” has been introduced by Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Justin Amash (R-MI). The bill is simple; it cuts off all funding to the Drug Enforcement Administration for their Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program.

The Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program first came into effect in 1979 in California and Hawaii. By 1985, it covered all 50 states and has been responsible for the arrests of 6,310 people and the eradication of more than 4.3 million plants just in the last year. The program receives $18 million per year in federal funding, mostly for asset forfeiture.

What’s troubling about the Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program is that the majority of its asset seizures are not criminal, but rather civil. One must be convicted of a crime for criminal forfeiture, but civil forfeiture does not require a conviction, nor even a criminal charge, for federal agents to seize personal property, cash, or other assets.

– Read the entire article at Leafly News.