Tennessee CBD retailers’ ‘Operation Candy Crush’ lawsuits moving forward

Three lawsuits filed by Tennessee CBD retailers against local authorities for closing their legal stores during a sting operation in 2018 will move forward, despite the defendants’ appeal to dismiss the allegations against them.

In the February 2018 “Operation Candy Crush” sting in Rutherford County, Tennessee, law enforcement officers padlocked 23 stores and charged 17 business owners with selling illegal drugs. The charges were eventually dropped and expunged, as hemp-derived products are legal in Tennessee.

A federal lawsuit filed in October 2018 by the 17 business owners alleges that law enforcement officials who carried out and approved the raids – Rutherford County sheriff Mike Fitzhugh, assistant district attorney John Zimmerman and district attorney general Jennings Jones – intentionally targeted small businesses and expected them to take a plea to reopen their businesses.

An amended complaint, filed in December 2018, said the defendants targeted the businesses because of their Egyptian heritage, as 12 of the 17 store owners charged during the raid are of Egyptian descent.

A district court judge denied motions by the defendants to dismiss the charges in March 2019.

In a ruling on Friday, the federal appeals judge said that the lawsuit, which stated the defendants were motivated by conspiracy to violate the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights, offered “very specific factual allegations” that the sheriff and assistant district attorney acted outside of their duties and pushed the case forward without probable cause, according to the Murfreesboro (Tennessee) Daily News Journal.

The ruling means that the defendants can’t claim immunity and have the case dismissed.

The lawsuit will proceed in a lower court, the retailers’ attorney said; however, a further hearing has yet not been set.

One comment on “Tennessee CBD retailers’ ‘Operation Candy Crush’ lawsuits moving forward
  1. Andrew ODell on

    I AM A LOCAL HEMP FARMER IN SULLIVAN COUNTY TENNESSEE.THE FACTS ARE THE POLICE TRY TO MAKE EVERYTHING ILLIGAL AND THESE ACTS UNDER COLOR OF THE LAW NOT ATHORITY OF THE LAW IS IN FACT TO SCARE PEOPLE AWAY AND TO TRY TO COLLECT ON THESE DIRTY LITTLE SCEEMS THEY CONSPIRED TO DILIBERTLY EVADE THE CONSTUTIONAL RIGHTS AND INVENT EVIDENCE TO TRY TO SHUT PEOPLE DOWN IT IS DESCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT UNTO CIVAL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS.I KNOW A A HEMP FARMER I DO NOT WANT TO PRODUCE ANY THC IF POSSIBLE TO US THAT IS THE ENEMY WE CAN MAKE MONEY IN THE LEGAL MARKET AND HAVE TOOK STEPS TO BE LEGAL NOT EVERYONE WANTS IT THIS WAY AND WITH DELTA 8 WITCH IS THC COLLECTED OFF THE HEMP PLANT IN MASSE SAME MOLICULE JUST DIRIVED DIFFRENT THE LAWS ARE CLOUDY AT BEST.IN FACT THERE IS NO REGULATIONS OR REQUIRMENTS ON HEMP OTHER THAN IT MUST BE UNDER THE .3 THC LEVEL .ANYONE CAN OWN HEMP OR SELL HEMP AND IF YOU PRODUCE HEMP YOU CAN MANAFACTURE PRODUCTS OFF THE HEMP YOU GROW THE LAW IS FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MIDDLE MAN THE SITUATION AND COLLECT IN THE HIGHEST PROFITT MARGINES.AS A FARMER THE LAWS ARE UMCLEAR I PROCURED MY CLONES FROM A REPUTIPABLE SOURCE FROM A LOCAL OR AT LEAST WITHIN A HUNDRED MILE SEARCH OF PROVIDERS OF CERTIFIED SEED AND HEMP CLONES FINDING GREENE HEMP COMPANY WHO SUPPLIED THE HEMP CLONES AND SEEDS HOWEVER WHAT I PAID FOR WAS NOT WHAT I GOT THE THC LEVEL IS CORRECT BUT NO ONE CAN GARENTEE THE END PRODUCT THOUGH I PAID THE PREMIUM I STILL WAS PROVIDED ZERO LICENSE OR REGERSTRATION OF THE CLONE OR SEED.I HAVE NO OTHER SOURCE OF THE CLONES OR SEED AND TRUST THAT THIS WEB SIGHT AND THE STATE OF TENNESSEE HAS DONE THEIR JOB AND THAT WHAT I GET IS WHAT I PAY FOR.IN NO WAY WOULD I OR DO I WANT TO GROW THC VARITYS NOT ONLY WOULD I GET IN TROUBLE BUT MY FAMILY AND NAME WOULD BE AFFECTED IN A NEGITIVE WAY.THESE POLICE ARE OVER ZELLIUOUS AND KNOW THAT THEY ARE WRONG BUT DO IT ANYWAY ITS A ARE YOU RICH ENOUGHT TO BUY JUSTICE AS A GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGE EXPLAINED TO ME ON WENSDAY OF LAST WEEK INVOLVEING PEOPLE WHO ARE HARASSING ME AND WHOM COST ME AT LEAST 18 THOUSAND DOLLARS BY THE HARASSMENT AND AN EARLY HARVEST .I AM AN ARTISISAN GROWER I PRIDE MY SELF ON MY PRODUCT.I ONLY USE THE BEST NUTES ND SOILS TO PROVIDE THE SMOKER A WONDERFUL EXPERIANCE.HAVEING BEEN INVOLVED WITH PEOPLE THAT ARE SICK I KNOW WHAT THIS IF AVALIBLE CAN DO FOR THEM I WOULD NOT WANT MY FATHER OR DAUGHER TO INTAKE SOMETHING THAT WAS HARMFUL LIKE THESE VAPE CARTRIDGES PEOPLE BUY BECASUE THEY THINK THEY ARE SAFER…YET DESPITE MY COMMUNICATIONS WITH TENNESSEE AND SULLIVAN COUNTY DUE TO CASE S60891 AGAISNST THE BACK DROP OF CV-317-00005 THESE PEOPLE WANT TO ATTACK ME IN NO FEAR POLICY VIOLATIONS I SUSPECT THIS BECASUE THE VENDORS ARE ALL SKETCHY I MEAN COLRADO CURES IS .9 THC 3 TIMES OVER THE LEGAL AMOUNT THIS AFFECTS THE SALES OF PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF WHO COMPLY TO THE LAWS IF SOMEONE IS MAKEING THE PURCHASE THEY WANT A STRONG PRODUCT AND WITH SO MANY FAKE PRODUCTS ARROUND AND ZERO REGULATIONS AND TESTING FROM THE STATE AND IF TESTING OCCURES ASTRONOMICAL RATES FOR LABS ARE EXPECTED.THE FDA AND DEPARTMENT OF AGUCULTURE ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL DOSE A GOOD JOB BUT LOCAL LAW ENFORCMENT TAKES ADVANTAGE OF EVERYONE…I HAD A STATE EMPLOYEE TELL ME THAT SHE DIDNT BELIVE ME I SAID TEST I YOUR SELF BUT YOU OWE ME FOR THE GRAM UNDER 5TH AMMENDMENT JUST COMPASATION.THEY WANT YOU TO SAY ANYTHING THEY CAN TURN AND USE ON YOU BY TWISTING WORDS AND CHANGEING THEIR STORYS AND BLATENT LIEING THEY TRY TO MAKE IT AS IF SOMEONE IS OUT TO BREAK THE LAW THE TRUTH IS THEY SUCK AT WHAT THEY DO AND THE TRAINING IS VOID.THEY DO NOT KNOW AND THE INFORMATION HAS BEEN PRODUCED FOR SO LONG AGAINST THE TRUTH AND WHAT HEMP IS COMPRED TO THC IT IS THE SAME ONLY CBD IS PRODUCED IN HIGHER VOLUM ON A PLANT ITS IS THE PRIMARY CABANIOD HEMP PLANTS ARE SPFICALLY BREAD TO NOT PRODUCE THC BUT INSTEAD PRODUCE CBD AT 1;1 RATIO THC IS OVER WHELMED BY CBD AND THE AFFECT EFFECTS ARE NULLIFIED BY THE COUNTER OF THE CBD BUT HEMP IS AT LEAST 20;1 MINE IS 50;1 SO THE CBD IS 50 TIMES STRONGER THAN THE THC WTICH MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE TO FELL A HIGH OR A STONE FROM INGESTING IT IN ANY FORM.BUT THE POSTIVE AFFECTS ARE NOTICED OVER A PERIOD OF TIME CBD IS SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE TO GET SATURATION ON THIS PRMIARY RESPONCE TO CBD IS SLEEPYNESS BUT AFTER INGESTING IT FOR A PERIOD OF TIME THE AFFECTS ARE FELT MUCH STRONGER AND IN DIFFRENT WAYS YOU FELL BETTER GO LONGER THINK CLEARER MAKE BETTER DECSIONS THE WHOLE BODY BENNIFITS FROM IT.WE HAVE AN INDO CABANOID SYSTEM THAT OUR BODY PRODUCES THESE CVOMPOUNDS AND OTHER COMPOUNDS INTERNALLY THE HT5 RECEPTOR IN THE BRAIN HAS SPFIC RECEPTORS THAT ONLY CANABUNOIDS I CANT SPELL SORRY CAN BE RECEPTED BY NOTHING ELSE CAN SO OUR BRAIN AT SOMEPOINT IN TIME WAS NATURALLY EXPOSED MORE THAN WE GET NOW TO THESE COMPOUNDS OR WE PRODUCED THEM IN MUCH HIGHER CONCERTRATIONS INTERNALLY.WE ARE ALL HOLDING MAN!!I AM SAYING THE FEDERAL GOVERMNTS NEED TO LEGALIZE CANNIBUS ACROSS THE BOARD IN STREAD OF MAKEING IT DIFFICULT THEN WE SHOULD EMBRACE THIS AND PEOPLE LIKE ME AND AT THE SAME TIME REMOVE THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT AS WELL AS THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE CRIMINALLY MINDED THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS TO BE PUNISHED NOT THE COMPOUND THE CRIMINAL WILL BE CRIMINALS NO MATTER WHAT SO GO BUST THEM FOR THINGS WE HAVE LAWS AGAISNT STOP TRYING TO MAKE THE RULES UP AS WE GO AND STOP RELYING ON LAW CHANGES TO SUPRISE SOMEONE DO YOUR JOB OR GO BE SOMETHING ELSE THE FACTS ARE THE POLICE CANT DO A GOOD JOB BECASUE THEY ARE AFFRAID OF THE BIG PEOPLE OR THEY ARE IN THE CONSPEARCY WITH THEM JUST LOOK AT THE CASES HERE IN HIXON /DAVIS V THE STAE OF TENNESSEE DAVID PURKEY AND BILL HASLEM THE FORMER GOVERNEER OF TENNESSEE AND YOU WILL SEE EXACTLY WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT

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