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US (AR): Lawsuit renews claim that MMJ testing labs are inflating potency

An Arkansas lawsuit in federal court claims that testing labs are inflating the potency numbers of MMJ, making it more expensive.

The lawsuit was brought by the same plaintiffs and law firms that had filed a suit in July alleging cannabis testing potency inflation and violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Both sides moved for dismissal of that case in February.

The federal lawsuit looks to use RICO statutes to end MMJ in Arkansas. The new lawsuit was filed in February, shortly after the previous case’s dismissal. While it does not claim a violation of RICO, it does claim that cannabis is being sold with a lower-than-advertised potency in violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jakie Hann, an MMJ user in Arkansas. The new suit was originally filed in Pulaski County. Lawyers for the defendants transferred the lawsuit from Pulaski County Circuit Court to federal court on March 31.


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