“The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.”
– Albert Einstein quote on Hemp
As November approaches – things are becoming a little dicey within the different municipalities located in Orange County, at least if medical marijuana is your primary source of income. Tuesday afternoon, federal prosecutors expanded their much unwanted crackdown on southern California medical marijuana collectives — by sending out more than 60 warning letters and filing an additional three lawsuits to collectives within the Southern California County.
Asset-forfeiture proceedings have now been filed against property-owners who currently own structures, that house 6 pot shops in the O.C. town of Anaheim. The letters order the closure of the collectives – if not – conceivable criminal charges will then be filed.[nggallery id=415]
As California’s four Horsemen of the marijuana Apocalypse… Otherwise known as California’s U.S. attorneys, made clear last October, they were done playing around with the topic of “medical marijuana”… The gloves were off and collectives from Mendocino to San Diego were going to pay. As the four Horsemen placed targets on more than 300 pot clubs, and known marijuana grow co-ops throughout the great state of California, their final weapon is a mean-spirited little tool known as “asset forfeiture.” Under an asset forfeiture lawsuit any landlord who dares to house a marijuana collective would receive a letter from the US attorney’s office, threatening the owner with the confiscation of their property, should their tenant not close their medical marijuana collective in a timely manner.
The main contention of the states 4 US attorney generals, is that the state sanctioned medical marijuana patients… and their “caregiver” growers are actually inter state drug dealers. These four fear mongering malcontents, believe that the states marijuana cultivators are using their doctors recommendation, not for the need of medical marijuana, but rather as a means of distributing weed throughout the United States. Which would happen to be in direct violation of federal law and most infuriating of all… Right under their noses.[nggallery id=416]
As is clearly stated in California’s prop 215 and SB 420; California’s medical marijuana patients are protected under state law when they have their doctor’s recommendation for the consumption of medical marijuana. The state’s most recent action against the medical marijuana collectives comes in the form of a logic shift by local municipalities and their police forces which have taken the stance that these pot shops are circumventing the local laws, and in some instances taking over complete neighborhoods. As a prime example of cities that have ‘had it up to here’… with medical marijuana – the city of Los Angeles took the unprecedented step of banning more than 900 weed shops.
While they have been told to close, there is a local trade group, which has sense sued the city of Los Angeles for violating, what they claim to be their constitutional rights. In addition to the rapid fire lawsuits being cultivated based on the LA city Council’s decision to ban these collectives, there is also a new ballot measure pushing its way through to repeal this ban.
As of yesterday there were a total of 65 + letters sent out by the US attorney general’s office warning these medical marijuana collectives and their owners that, should they not “close” in next 30 days… they will face the loss of property and product.