Feds file lawsuits against CA pot growers, sellers
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials have filed three lawsuits against marijuana shops and growers in Santa Barbara and have sent warning letters to 10 more in the county.
U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said in a release yesterday (Thursday) that the latest action means all known marijuana stores in the county are now facing federal law enforcement actions.
The lawsuits allege that the owners knowingly allowed commercial marijuana stores to operate or knowingly allowed large indoor marijuana farms to function.
California law allows the drug to be cultivated and supplied to ill people on a nonprofit basis.
But marijuana is still illegal under federal law and federal officials say pot clinics are lucrative ventures.
One of the defendants in Thursday’s lawsuits, Miramar Collective, is accused of generating annual profits of $840,000 in 2009. (Copyright 2012, Associated Press)
Pelosi criticizes federal medical pot crackdown
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is criticizing the Obama administration for its crackdown on California medical marijuana dispensaries.
The San Francisco congressperson says in a statement that she’s concerned about federal actions that threaten marijuana access for suffering of California patients.
The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/L55unk ) says Pelosi is troubled that the Obama administration crackdown is endangering patients and undermining the federal government’s stated policy of deferring to states on the issue.
Federal prosecutors say pot suppliers are using California’s 1996 medical marijuana law as a cover for making huge profits.
Dispensary landlords were notified that they are violating federal drug laws and could lose their property or face criminal prosecution.
Since October, hundreds of California marijuana dispensaries have shut down because of evictions or fears of prosecution. (Copyright 2012, Associated Press, Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com)