Hundreds of thousands of dollars of glass jars and other packaging were seized in Washington state by federal customs agents, according to several licensed marijuana businesses.
The seizures, in Tacoma, Washington, raise concerns that state-lawful cannabis businesses are being unfairly targeted for importing what they believe are legal goods.
The recent action was reported by The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, based on documentation provided by attorneys of some of the companies.
An official with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection denied there’s a new policy to seize goods meant for the state’s legal cannabis markets.
Much of the glassware is imported from China, which has been involved in a lengthy trade dispute with the United States.
The Washington Cannabusiness Association told the Spokesman-Review that it is working with federal officials to try to resolve the issue.
“While I can’t share an exact number of affected businesses, we have heard from several of our members who have been affected,” association spokesman Aaron Pickus wrote in an email to the newspaper.
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Written by Jeff Smith
Marijuana Business Daily