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CAFC Dismisses Case on Seized 'Drug Paraphernalia' After Settlement Between CBP, Importer

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on March 15 dismissed a case on whether importer Root Sciences' cannabis cure extract recovery machines should be seized as drug paraphernalia after CBP and Root agreed to a settlement (see…

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2303070060). CBP agreed to release the merchandise to the importer, given the Court of International Trade's ruling in Eteros Technologies USA v. U.S., in which the court said that the U.S. can't seize or forfeit imports that are federally deemed "drug paraphernalia" but whose delivery, possession and manufacture were made legal at the state level (see 2209210034). Root agreed to drop the suit as part of the settlement (Root Sciences v. U.S., Fed Cir. # 22-1795).