Project CBD, a California educational nonprofit that focuses on cannabis science and therapeutics, has filed an anti-SLAPP motion seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by Medical Marijuana Inc. (MJNA) on First Amendment grounds.
"This is precisely the type of lawsuit that California's anti-SLAPP statue was enacted to prevent," said Project CBD attorney Tyler R. Andrews of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, in the motion. "Medical Marijuana Inc. is trying to bury any public criticism of its business practices and quash any debate over the health and safety of its products.
"The claims [against Project CBD] represent an abuse of the legal process and must be stricken," Andrews' motion reads.
The lawsuit followed the October 2014 publication of Project CBD's Special Report, "Hemp Oil Hustlers," which documented Medical Marijuana Inc.'s questionable financial practices and the presence of toxic solvent residue in two samples of MJNA's "Real Scientific Hemp Oil" (RSHO).
"Unable to challenge the factual accuracy of Project CBD's Report, Medical Marijuana Inc. has embarked on a campaign of harassment, intimidation and disinformation to deflect attention from legitimate questions about its business practices and the quality of its products," reads a May 4 press release from Project CBD.