03 Jul '11, 4pm

Justice Department Could Crack Down on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries | Care2 Causes

Justice Department Could Crack Down on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries | Care2 Causes

A new memo from the Department of Justice could threaten production of medical marijuana , even in states like California, where cultivation of marijuana for sale to people with medicinal licenses is legal. This seems to be a response to plans among marijuana growers, advocates, and even some city politicians, to create authorized commercial centers of cultivation. In a letter sent earlier this week to federal prosecutors, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole wrote that the Obama administration , which generally takes a hands-off approach to prosecuting medical marijuana operations, “never intended to shield such activities from federal enforcement action and prosecution, even where those activities purport to comply with state law.” The “activities” to which Cole refers are “cultivation of large quantities of marijuana, or broadening the regulation and taxation of the su...

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