Just when you thought it was safe to get back into the pot business in California again, the Feds come in and close up your shop. It seems that the federal government has decided to trounce state rights and start closing down medical marijuana shops. Federal prosecutors will give the marijuana shops 45 days before they start facing criminal charges; even though the marijuana shops have been operating legally under a 15 year California medical marijuana law.
After the last two years of President Obama and his mandate that there would be no aggressive prosecution of medical marijuana shops, it seems that this same administration is now taking a stronger hand in regulating pot. Federal attorneys will start prosecuting those who don't shut down. They are indicating in the letters sent out to those medical marijuana shops that have been targeted for shutdown 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 turn of events have caught a lot of medical marijuana shop owners by surprise. California is one of 16 states that have passed laws making medical marijuana legal. This aggressive prosecution of California pot shops seems like the federal government is trying to send a strong message. Unfortunately, it also seems like the Obama Administration has once again decided to say one thing and do another. Surprise, surprise… More Lifestyle Articles