Santa Cruz business owner arrested after trying to prevent burglary and More

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In today’s news:

Santa Cruz business owner arrested after trying to prevent burglary

#californiacannabis – “The owner of a company that makes cannabis products was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after firing a gun to try to stop thieves from robbing his business, officials said.

Derek Hubbard, 36, the owner of a cannabis facility on the 300 block of Encinal Street in Santa Cruz, arrived at the business around 4 a.m. after the alarm was triggered by the attempted robbery, Jon Bush, a spokesperson for the Santa Cruz Police Department told SFGATE.

As the individuals who attempted to rob the facility exited the building, Hubbard fired several shots from a handgun and subsequently rammed one of their getaway vehicles with his vehicle, Bush said. After Hubbard fired several shots, the thieves also shot back, he said.

Hubbard was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail with no bail on Monday on suspicion of multiple counts of attempted murder, according to jail records.….”

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9th Circ. Wary Of Abstention In Dormant Commerce Pot Row

#cannabislawsuit – “A Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday appeared skeptical that a lower district judge made the right call by abstaining from a challenge to Sacramento, California’s social equity cannabis licensure program, pressing counsel to articulate why federal courts should not hear the case.

Oral arguments in the case, which touches on the friction between federal marijuana prohibition and state and local legalization policies, pivoted largely on the question of whether the complicated interplay of marijuana laws meant a federal judge could not decide a cannabis case.

U.S. Circuit Judge Sidney R. Thomas asked an attorney for Sacramento, “Why should we endorse a new abstention doctrine — if that’s what we’re doing — if we have case law that says district courts have an unflagging duty to decide cases?””

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