Feds Order California Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Close Within 45 Days

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal prosecutors have launched a crackdown on pot dispensaries in California, warning the stores that they must shut down in 45 days or face criminal charges and confiscation of their property even if they are operating legally under the state’s 15-year-old medical marijuana law.

In an escalation of the ongoing conflict between the U.S. government and the nation’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry, California’s s four U.S. attorneys sent letters Wednesday and Thursday notifying at least 16 pot shops or their landlords that they are violating federal drug laws, even though medical marijuana is legal in California. The attorneys are scheduled to announce their coordinated crackdown at a Friday news conference.

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5 Comments
5 comments
  1. Deb aka murphthesurf says:

    I so agree with you! I lived in Calif. for years and never pursued the use of the “legal” stuff but do know of several people who were being treated for cancer that found it to be the only thing that actually helped them. Sad.

  2. fridawrites says:

    Sad indeed, that a safe medicine that works well, is less sedating and has fewer side effects than most pain medicines and other drugs is illegal. A shame and a shock.

  3. Wren says:

    Ditto, ditto and ditto. I simply don’t understand why the federal government won’t change the laws regarding marijuana. It’s far less dangerous to individuals and society than alcohol, which has long been legal. I know I’m not the only political progressive out there who hoped our present president would address this issue for the better once and for all. What a disappointment and a shame.

  4. adrienne says:

    I agree with everyone else who has written in. I also wonder: doesn’t the US government have bigger problems to worry about than 16 pot shops in CA? Let’s try fixing the health care industry, getting people jobs, making sure folks have affordable health insurance, and people aren’t losing their homes, just for a start. Okay, maybe it is late and I am tired…

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