War on Medical Cannabis Continues: Feds Target LA Dispensaries for Closure

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director September 25, 2012

    Federal authorities with the US Attorney’s Los Angeles office issued official warning letters to 68 Los Angeles medical cannabis dispensaries today, initiated forfeiture lawsuits against three properties that did business with dispensaries, and served search warrants on three further locations.

    In an official statement on today’s action, US Attorney André Birotte Jr.stated:

    “Over the past several years, we have seen an explosion of commercial marijuana stores -– an explosion that is being driven by the massive profits associated with marijuana distribution. As today’s operations make clear, the sale and distribution of marijuana violates federal law, and we intend to enforce the law. Even those stores not targeted today should understand that they cannot continue to profit in violation of the law.”

    The LA Weekly is reporting that the list of targets included every single dispensary in the Downtown, Huntington, and Eagle Rock areas of the city. You can read more media coverage here and here. We will keep you updated as the situation develops.

    75 responses to “War on Medical Cannabis Continues: Feds Target LA Dispensaries for Closure”

    1. Dave says:

      André Birotte, please follow the law and get the fuck out what is none of your business!

      Federal goverment has no authority over marijuana grown in state for distribution within said state. Follow the law assholes, and go away!

    2. sinistry says:

      So when, exactly, can these dispensaries expect to operate within compliance of the law? That’s the only legitimate response to that statement. When will the feds realize that cannabis is a miracle substance and stop trying to prohibit its use? When will our government stop pandering to the special interests and legalized cannabis productions, sale, distribution, and use? At exactly what point do the feds realize that the general public supports cannabis legalization and stops arresting people for meeting the demand for it? The answer is: when it’s more profitable to support than to prohibit…

    3. Carrie says:

      If L.A and the rest of Calif. don’t like the Canibus Stores “making a profit” off the Sales of Canibus then maybe they should get their heads out of their asses and legalize it on a Fedral level as well. Tax it like “THEY” do EVERYTHING else we Purchase, earn, and own! maybe this Country WE AMERICANS live could 1.PAY OFF National Debt. 2. Become an Independent Nation, Self Sustaining, through the products made from Hemp. The Farming Industry would flourish. 3.Take the “PRODUCT” of the Mexican Cartel away, it WOULD and SHOULD STOP THE DEMAND, And they COULD and SHOULD TARGET

    4. Carrie says:

      THE HEROIN AND HUMAN TRAFFICING, instead of wasting everyone’s time. Whatever happened to “WE THE PEOPLE” NOT “WE THE GOVERNMENT” We elect the people who run this Country and if they arn’t doing the job that we hired them to do “SERVE THE PEOPLE OF THESE UNITED STATES”, then it’s up to US the PEOPLE to VOTE THEM OUT! If every Canibus user or Family Member of an ill loved one. Voted for GARY JOHNSON the Libitarian Candidate,(that WE NEVER get to hear or see on TV. Because of the”TWO CANDIDATES” they keep SHOVING down our throats. We could WIN this ELECTION!!! Go to Gary Johnson on Facebook and check him out. Thank You

    5. Avery Mac says:

      I thought Obama was not going to prosecute people in states where medical pot was legal? Yet his thug goons at the DEA are still brutalizing citizens. It is directly Obama’s fault. He is the cheif executive officer. All he has to do is “call off the dogs”. But he’s just like every other lying POS democRAT president that has promised to do this. I say ABO 2012….anybody but Obama 2012. At least the other guy will tell you he’s gonna kick your door in…instead of lying like the current commander in thief!

    6. Do these dispensaries not pay tax? Did the FEDS forget about prop215 ?

    7. Ok so lets profit from Medical Marijuana by decriminalizing it and regulating it! Bring a surge of money to this shittered U.S Economy and give out jobs all over the country!

    8. Peaceful Warrior says:

      This country NEEDS a fresh dose of free market capitalism to lift itself out of the economic slog. Instead, we have a government monopoly placing the ultimate regulation on our most lucrative market, ensuring that only outlaws can stay in business and our own workers struggle with pain without their medicine.

      My hopes for the three state initiatives ride high this November. To borrow the words of one of our opponents, we must tear down this wall!

    9. Douglas says:

      Next marshal law along Texas boarder. Mass invasion in our homes. This cop told me that they have a long list of pot heads. All they need is the go a head from our government to go in our homes and bust us. With the build up of the right wing government in our country they are all most there. U have a lot of tea party”s that endorse the mass home pot bust. Dont believe they want state right . That only applies to what they want.

    10. Elaine says:

      US Attorney André Birotte Jr. has made it very clear that he believes marijuana should remain firmly in the hands of the criminal drug gangs. He does not want the “massive profits” going to benefit American society through sales and taxes.

      I wonder if he has any private prison investments or if he has direct connections to the Mexican cartels… Hmmm…

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