California Whistleblower Alleges Millions In Cannabis Diversion By Former Employer

The whistleblowers reported roughly $2.1 million in illegal cannabis diversion

As California continues to grapple with the problem of its cannabis being smuggled as far away as New York City, one longtime West Coast industry insider says authorities have declined to act on information about his former employer, a marijuana executive he said shipped at least $2 million worth of legal cannabis out of state in a roughly 10-month period from 2021 to 2022.

The would-be whistleblower, George Engers, is a former chief operating officer at Top Shelf, which holds active delivery, manufacturing, and distribution licenses in California and does business in Sacramento as Cannazon. Engers, along with former Top Shelf general delivery manager Garrett Webb, has filed suit against Top Shelf and several of its affiliates for whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination, fraud, breach of contract, and more.

Engers and Webb reported roughly $2.1 million in illegal cannabis diversion and counterfeiting by Top Shelf and company leadership to both state and federal authorities, but they say that nothing is being done about the situation, despite their having provided documentation and testimony to back up their claims.

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