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The Passing of Amazing American

Despite being an entrepreneurial magnate and icon, Charles Lazarus always put his family first. He will be sorely missed. To learn more about his life, please check out his obituary in The New York Times.

COCCA Piles on Penalties for the Marijuana Industry

The Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) is a criminal statute that creates harsh prison sentences for engaging in “racketeering activity” as part of a “criminal enterprise.” COCCA is Colorado’s version of the Federal RICO statute, which was originally created to break up and prosecute the Mafia across the United States. When Colorado passed the law, it declared that COCCA’s purpose was to stop the “sophisticated and widespread use of fraud and corruption” by criminal enterprises like gangs. However, today COCCA encompasses a broad range of criminal actions and has been used by prosecutors to pile up criminal charges, sentences, and fines. Most notably, this statute has been used against members of the medical and recreational marijuana industry when there are allegations of illegal distribution of marijuana and trafficking marijuana across state lines.

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