Asset Forfeiture

Legal process for law enforcement to seize and take possession of any asset – including real property, equipment, and intellectual property – it alleges is involves violations of criminal, civil, or administrative laws or regulations. Asset forfeiture proceedings are instituted in rem against the property itself and the person from whom it was seized must

Anti-Money Laundering (AML)

Federal laws designed to prohibit concealing as legitimate illegally obtained income. Money derived from state-licensed commercial cannabis activity is still considered unlawful for purposes of federal AML laws.

Age Limitations

The minimum age a person must be to possess or use cannabis goods as set by state or local laws. All recreational use jurisdictions have minimum 21-year-old age limitations for consumers. Medicinal use jurisdictions vary.

Aiding and Abetting

Criminal liability imposed on a person who assists a third party in committing a crime if that person intends to assist the facilitation of a crime.


Term used by the United States Food and Drug Administration and state departments of health for certain foods, dietary supplements, or products they deem unsafe. Typical grounds for deeming a product adulterated are that it contains poisonous or deleterious substances that can harm a consumer.

Administrative Procedure Act

Federal law that dictates the procedures that federal government agencies must follow, including for promulgating regulations, undertaking enforcement actions, and issuing penalties. Most, if not all states and even many local jurisdictions have administrative procedure legislation that mirrors the Administrative Procedure Act.


Goods, devices, or products that can be used to cultivate, process, manufacture, or consume cannabis.