Florida Deputy Chief Judge of Compensation Claims David Langham addressed legal marijuana and civil forfeiture in a recent post for WorkersCompensation.com. Judge Langham says that civil forfeiture laws, in which the state can seize property that is involved in a crime even if one hasn’t been convicted, could generate over $2 billion in revenue since marijuana is still technically illegal under federal law and federal law trumps state law. As Langham writes: “The total annual seizure forfeitures are estimated at $4.5 billion. And these minimal efforts in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington could easily increase that total by 33 percent in a single year in seizures alone, with another $470 million minimum in fines.”
Read the entire post via Workers’ Compensation 360 here.