The weed anniversary comes at a time when the industry is retrenching, including facing practices and procedures that need to be dramatically improved if not changed altogether
While it happened several days ago, this is the news that leads. Particularly as the last post on this site documented what appears to be the first wave of direct attacks pointed at the Lars Olofsson Juicy Fields scam litigation team.
Cyber Attack on Juicyfieldscase.com website
On Monday, April 18, the website www.juicyfieldscase.com, went down. This is the official statement from Olofsson.
“The Litigation team is sad to announce that our primary website, Juicyfieldscase.com, has been temporarily offline and is still not fully stable. We have reason to believe it was hacked right after we posted two articles naming not only the core fraudsters at the heart of the Juicy Fields and Recyclix cases, but a web of connections of people and firms connected to the same.
We are currently restoring the back end of what appears to be a major site corruption, and will keep you updated. We of course intend to keep publishing updates and naming and shaming based on our evidence and witness statements as our litigation against facilitators proceeds in several countries.
Lars and Team
An Escalating Threat Environment
As just reported here, the Litigation Team had been on the receiving end of an escalating series of attacks, up until this point, email only. This began about a month ago with a fairly ominous “invitation” to see the Juicy Fields “new grow” in South Africa and escalated since then into direct threats – and several kinds.
That it also happened right around the time of the broadcasting of the German language ZDF report on the scam (nothing new here but entertaining from a purely eye-candy perspective) may be coincidence, but then again, perhaps not.
Last weekend, I also received an email from a purported “Whistleblower” – or as they described themselves “a group of investors and journalists” – who appeared interested in only one thing. Whether I was willing to “out” a source identified in several media reports and by the Litigation Team as “Anders.”
Even more ominously, if not ridiculously, they asked me to tell them whether I had been in touch with two individuals they named, and further suggested that I might tell them where he/they was/were.
That all of this has happened as Olofsson’s team just published several rather damning articles naming names and making connections is probably also NOT a coincidence.
Another sign that this industry needs to get its sheise together.
Other Canna News
The shock is still reverberating on the ground in Germany as people begin to realize that the coming year (or five) is going to be a long, bloody slog fought out by those with a vested interest in “market dominance” and more of the same, vs those who want to take a commercial break from the carnival atmosphere that seems to surround every conversation about recreational reform.
The fact that the majority of the “big swinging dick” public cannabis companies from Canada have retrenched and Curaleaf is still facing issues surrounding its connection to Oligarchicly connected capital is almost certainly a part of this. It’s not like the German government is unaware. Indeed, according to eyewitnesses, a recent “Parliamentary Evening” organized by an industry group here had just taken to the stage to begin their event when the German government announced a delay in its recreational legalization plans. This is not only not accidental, it also seems to be a bit of a slap in the face towards an “industry” in Berlin that has been a bit too close to too many scandals of late.
On 4/20 this year, in other words, it is clear that there is much to celebrate. In this industry, one has to take the good news with the bad. On the ground, however, there are clearly signs that a battle that has been brewing if not spoiling, for at least a year, is coming to a head.
It is sad, however, that instead of an open discussion, those who want to cover their tracks and keep perpetuating strategies that have long failed are still so insistent on the same.
Happy weed day.