I thought we were headed in the right direction with this ****. I guess not.
Taken from USA today. http://content.usatoday.com/communit...ets-to-close/1
Update at 7:36 a.m. ET: The four U.S. attorneys in California, the first state to pass a law legalizing marijuana use for patients with doctors' recommendations, have scheduled a joint news conference today to "outline actions targeting the sale, distribution and cultivation of marijuana."
Their offices refused to provide details in advance of what moves the officials are taking or how many of the state's hundreds of storefront pot shops would be affected, the Associated Press reports.
Initial stories indicated that all medical-marijuana dispensaries in California had been ordered to shut down, but the actual target remains unclear.
At least 16 pot shops or their landlords received letters this week warning they would face criminal charges and confiscation of their property if the dispensaries do not shut down in 45 days, the AP reports.
The news agency obtained copies of the letters that a prosecutor sent to at least 12 San Diego dispensaries. They state that federal law "takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses for which a dispensary is selling and distributing marijuana."
The Los Angeles Times says that one letter to the Marin Alliance notes that the dispensary is within a prohibited distance of a park, raising the possibility that enforcement will zero in on stores near schools and playgrounds.
The newspaper, quoting an unidentified source, says the U.S. prosecutor in Los Angeles would not initially focus on dispensaries in that city. The Times also quotes Dale Gieringer, the director of California NORML, which backs legalizing marijuana, as saying the crackdown apparently will be tailored to fit the regional differences in the state.
"They want to do a clean sweep in San Diego, whereas in Northern California they can't possibly do a clean sweep," he tells the newspaper. "There's no political support for it. It would be devastating."
Original post: The Obama administration has ordered all medical-marijuana dispensaries in California to shut down within 45 days or they will be prosecuted and have their property confiscated for violating federal drugs laws, the Associated Press reports.
Even licensed outlets operating under the 1996 voter-approved medical-marijuana law are subject to the federal crackdown. California's four U.S. attorneys plan an announcement Friday.
AP says the federal prosecutors have notified at least 16 pot shops or their landlords.