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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - November 9 - The Marijuana Policy Project and a coalition of advocacy and labor groups are staging a demonstration today to protest the federal government's escalated attack on California's medical marijuana laws. A rally of medical marijuana patients and supporters is taking place in front of the Sacramento Federal Building and features state legislators, advocates, labor unions, and dispensary operators impacted by the recent Department of Justice (DOJ) crackdown in California. Since the beginning of October, U.S. attorneys in California have released statements giving some medical marijuana businesses 45 days to close or risk prosecution.
SAN FRANCISCO - October 27 - Americans for Safe Access (ASA), the country's largest medical marijuana advocacy organization, filed suit in federal court today challenging the Obama Administration's attempt to subvert local and state medical marijuana laws in California.
GOLD HILL, Ore. — Keith Rogers said Thursday he made sure the 20 people he allowed to grow medical marijuana on property he owns in the southern Oregon town of Gold Hill checked out under Oregon's medical marijuana law. Rogers, an insurance agent, said that didn't stop about 30 federal agents from breaking down doors on his five rental houses, pointing guns at his wife, searching his house and the houses of five renters, bringing in a backhoe to rip out hundreds of plants, and seizing them along with shotguns, cell phones and a tractor. "I can guarantee you that if Oregon medical marijuana would have came and did a search of us and our papers, they would have happily drove off and did nothing," said Rogers.
Today California's four U.S. attorneys fleshed out their " coordinated crackdown " on medical marijuana suppliers, saying "dozens of letters have been sent over the past few days to the owners and lienholders of properties where commercial marijuana stores and grows are located." According to the Associated Press , those letters threaten the property owners with forfeiture and prosecution if they do not close down within 45 days. Contrary to explicit assurances from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, the U.S. attorneys continue to insist that the forbearance promised by this administration applies only to patients, meaning that suppliers are fair game even if they comply with state law.
Department of Justice Takes Steps to Subsidize California Gangs; Threatens to Shut Down Medical Marijuana DispensariesUPDATE: Write President Obama and make your voice heard!
While medical marijuana is legal in California, prosecuters claim that operations are making profit off of healthy buyers. NEW: A U.S. attorney says some take "advantage of (a) laxed enforcement environment" NEW: Another U.S. attorney claims "profiteers" "hijacked" the state's medical marijuana law An advocate says there's a "terrific disconnect" between the feds and public on marijuana Steps taken in recent weeks include civil forfeiture lawsuits, warning letters and arrests (CNN) -- Federal prosecutors in California announced a series of actions Friday targeting what they characterized as the "large, for-profit marijuana industry" that has developed since the state legalized medical marijuana for select patients 15 years ago.
Thousands of medical marijuana outlets in California are bracing for a federal crackdown. Prosecutors say the shops are doing more than just helping their patients. CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports that, for Justice Department officials, the photographs of marijuana being sold in lollipops and candy show the problem with California's medical marijuana law. "Where there's marijuana there's money.