Is the RICO Act a Serious Problem for the Cannabis Industry or Just a Bunch of Smoke?

For a long time, the threat of charges from Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act has been hanging over the heads of cannabis businesses. It now seems more realistic than ever as cases have come up both in Arkansas and California against legitimate cannabis businesses. For those that do not know, the US RICO Act came to be in 1970 when it was designed against high-profile mob bosses. It has since been modified to include a wide range of illegal businesses such as slavery, gambling, racketeering, gambling and other illegal activities.