Thursday, October 6, 2011

California MMJ dispensaries ordered to close

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 3:30 PM

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The Associated Press reports that California's four U.S. attorneys have sent letters to roughly 16 California medical marijuana dispensaries, ordering they close within 45 days or face criminal charges and loss of their property.

Their offices refused to confirm the closure orders. The Associated Press obtained copies of the letters that a prosecutor sent to 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."

"Under United States law, a dispensary's operations involving sales and distribution of marijuana are illegal and subject to criminal prosecution and civil enforcement actions," letters signed by U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy in San Diego read. "Real and personal property involved in such operations are subject to seizure by and forfeiture to the United States ... regardless of the purported purpose of the dispensary."

We've e-mailed John Walsh, the Colorado U.S. attorney, for the likelihood of a similar action here, and will update with any response. In the mean time, local criminal defense attorney Clifton Black is concerned.

"It scares the crap out of me," writes Black, who frequently works with those in the MMJ industry, in an e-mail. "I have a sick feeling."

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