Department of Justice provides directive on bankruptcy cases involving marijuana assets

The multi-billion dollar marijuana industry is growing quickly, with twenty-eight states now approving the legalization of recreational or medical marijuana to some extent. On April 26, 2017 the Director of the United States Trustee Program provided a directive to Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy Trustees – do not administer cases involving marijuana assets. Apparently there has been an increase in the number of bankruptcy cases involving marijuana assets. The take-away for potential Debtors: even if certain marijuana assets, or income derived from such assets, are not considered illegal under state law – they are under federal law. If a Debtor files for bankruptcy relief and has an interest in marijuana assets, they will certainly be smoked out!

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