Company challenges seizure of marijuana proceeds in Kansas

Federal agents watched a driver pick up proceeds from the sale of medical marijuana in Missouri. As she drove through Kansas on her way to Colorado, a sheriff's deputy stopped her and took the money. Marijuana is legal in Missouri and Colorado, but not Kansas.


State News

October 28, 2021 - 9:33 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A cash management company has asked a federal court to return nearly $166,000 in proceeds seized in Kansas from sales at Missouri medical marijuana stores.

Dickinson County sheriff’s deputies seized the money in May after stopping a driver for Empyreal Logistics as she was taking the proceeds to Colorado. Medical marijuana is legal in Missouri and Colorado, which also allows recreational use. Marijuana use is illegal in Kansas.

Federal prosecutors say the money is subject to forfeiture because it violates a federal law against manufacturing and distributing drugs. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas filed a civil forfeiture action in federal court seeking to seize the money. 

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