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A federal judge in San Diego has ordered the state of California to hand over confidential cannabis license information to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Lopez of California’s Southern District on Monday validated DEA subpoenas for cannabis licenses, license applications and shipping manifests related to three unnamed marijuana companies and three individuals. The state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control had refused to give the DEA those documents, arguing in court filings that the federal agency did not provide an adequate explanation for why its agents wanted the paperwork.

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Lopez wrote that the DEA did indeed offer legally sufficient grounds for the subpoenas when an agent told bureau officials in an email that the records were needed for an investigation into marijuana “crude oil” trafficking from Mexico.

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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