The Justice Department (and the federal prosecutors and law enforcement agencies underneath it) aren’t really sure how they want to treat medical marijuana dispensaries. One moment we hear they are a “low priority” and the next we see agents raiding them with weapons drawn. In their wishy-washy behavior, it’s not surprising to see they are now seeking to seize a building that once housed a dispensary. It’s not surprising, but it’s still troubling and enraging. [Read more…]
While marijuana might be called medicine by advocates of its medical benefits, and while medical marijuana might be legal in the state of California, it certainly isn’t like any other medical treatment under California law. This was made even more evident when a state court of appeals ruled last week that trial judges can bar people from getting their “medicine” if they are convicted of a marijuana-related offense. [Read more…]
Legal battles continue between states where medical cannabis is lawful, and the Federal Government which doesn’t recognize the legal standing of dispensaries licences by the state.
The federal government would love nothing more than to shutter the doors of all medical marijuana dispensaries in the country, regardless of how the dispensaries are adhering to state law and regardless of what the people of the country want. Such is the case in Oakland, where the U.S. Attorney for the northern district of California filed to have the state’s largest dispensary closed and the property seized. Now, the City of Oakland is fighting back. [Read more…]