Approaching new levels of slander, a nearby neighbor in Oklahoma filed a complaint under Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)– The worst kind of lawsuit – after they accused a cannabis farm of growing near the property line.
Introduced by Keith and Stephanie Grant complaintAnd Grant et al. Flying Bud Farms, LLC et al. In the Northern District of Oklahoma v. Flying Bud Farms, LLC and several companies associated with Flying Bud Farms for allegedly illegally growing, distributing, and selling cannabis.
According to the complaint, The Grants live in rural Oklahoma adjacent to the property of defendant Gary Bacon Jr. In 2019, Bacon launched Flying Bud Farms with co-defendant Derek Wachob to grow cannabis and supply local dispensaries including their own de luxe clinic.
While the complaint acknowledges that cannabis grew “within approximately 50 feet from the Grants property line,” it claims that the Grants were forced to live “in the permanent presence of an open and illegal marijuana growing and distribution establishment and construction area” that “made it impossible for them” to enjoy at their home.
Practically everything about the cannabis operation annoys the next door neighbors. The grant program claims that they cannot enjoy their home due to bright lights at night, annoying industrial fans, floodplain alterations that allegedly flooded the Grants property, helicopter noise and the smell of cannabis which they say was a trademark. Constant annoyance.
Federal extortion charges are nothing to laugh about. RICO lawsuits are the ‘most powerful tool’ of government in the fight against criminal organizations, The New York Times reports. Usually dedicated to organized crime. The RICO lawsuits show the range of punishment the law can reach — consider tripling or more the cost of damages and attorneys’ fees. Work can sink in quickly.
Dredging fees under RICO have been previously tested in many other similar cases related to cannabis, but have not usually succeeded. This has occurred since the June 2017 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Colorado when it was ruled that it was “reasonable to conclude” that a potential home buyer would be less inclined to purchase adjacent land for cultivation in the event that Safe Streets Alliance v. Alternative Holistic Healing, LLC. RICO lawsuits tend to result in massive settlement agreements.
Grants claim that the work is illegal based on federal law. But Flying Bud Farms is listed by the Oklahoma government under Medical Marijuana Authority of Oklahoma (umma) As a licensed grower as of December 15, 2021. like Oklahoma no caps On medical cannabis licenses, there are a large number of legal processes. With the influx of medical cannabis operations, some neighbors are panicking.
They also allege that Flying Buds Farms is located on property owned by Abe Bacon’s wife, and that the defendants did not receive permits from the State Fire Marshall or Floodblin Creek District Board to build their facilities.
Prosecutors are suing for violation 18 USC sec. 1962 (c) and (d)Inconvenience and injury to property. Low Street Media Reports That the grants seek “injunctive relief that will deprive defendants of further unlawful extortion activities, triple damages from extortion activities, reparations, reduce harassment, abandonment, attorney fees and costs, and other forms of relief.”
Plaintiffs are represented by collector, a law firm based in Tulsa.