The San Diego District Attorney has agreed to drop charges against Jessica McElfresh, an attorney ethically and legally assisting cannabis operators stay compliant with California law. As pointed out by the National Cannabis Bar Association last year, the over 400-year history and purpose of the attorney-client privilege warranted a finding in favor of Ms. McElfresh in the prosecution's overzealous search of her clients' files. Clients deserve lawyers in whom they can confide, and this case against Ms. McElfresh did real damage to that fundamentally Californian notion.
- L.A. prosecutors are not playing. Yesterday, they brought 142 criminal charges against employees at 32 cannabis companies and a delivery business - a clear signal to cannabis operators: get licensed and compliant or get out.