The feds have instructed 16 CA pot dispensaries to close its chops for violating federal laws. Apparently, even though the state was the first to legalize the use of cannabis that’s been recommended by a doctor, it shows that federal law does supersede state law. To make matters more troubling, four U.S. Attorneys will be meeting, where they plan to “outline actions targeting the sale, distribution and cultivation of marijuana,” this weekend.
The U.S. government has notified and warned the medical pot dispensaries to shut down within 45 days or face criminal prosecution and having their property confiscated.
A prosecutor has sent letters to at least 12 shops in San Diego. They state that the federal government “takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses” for selling the hemp plant. In all, 16 shops have received the letter.
The move marks an escalation of the conflict between the government and the medical industry.
Greg Anton, a lawyer who represents Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, said its landlord received an “extremely threatening” letter Wednesday invoking a federal law that imposes additional penalties for selling drugs within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and playgrounds.
A California landlord was ordered to evict the 14-year-old cannabis club or risk imprisonment, plus forfeiture of the property and all the rent he has collected while the service has been in business, Anton said.
Kris Hermes, a spokesman for the medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access, said the warnings are an attempt to close the properties who sell it. He said the Obama administration is attacking on multiple fronts by using different agencies from the feds. For example, a series of raids in Montana were conducted at dispensaries involving agents from the FBI, DEA, IRS, and the EPA.