California is setting records in its crackdown against illegal cannabis!
Last week, a Los Angeles judge ruled that the makers of the popular Kushy Punch gummies were guilty of illegally producing products at an unlicensed facility, and ordered the company and its executives to pay a whopping $128 million penalty.
This may be the largest cannabis-related fine in state history. Department of Cannabis Control spokesperson Jennifer Fisher said, " I would be surprised if there was a judgement bigger than this - I've never seen it in my practice."
The case is tied to a 2019 investigation of Vertical Bliss, former owners of the Kushy Punch brand. Investigators discovered roughly $64 million worth of gummies produced at the unlicensed facility in Chatsworth. California revoked Vertical Bliss' licenses in November 2019 and filed civil suits in September 2020.
The most unusual part of the case is that the executives at the company never defended themselves in court!
The Kushy Punch brand is a beloved California staple, however; and is expected to live on, under new producer Varavo.
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