Owners of 16 California dispensaries received threatening letters from the Federal Government this week, letters that told them to shut down or be shut down.
According to the letters sent by Federal officials:
“Federal law takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses for which a dispensary is selling and distributing marijuana.”
The Associated Press revealed that a total of twelve letters were sent to shops in San Diego while three were sent to San Francisco and one was received in Marin County.
According to shop owners they have been given 45 days to shut down or have their product confiscated. Shop owners could also face time in prison under Federal law.
Federal officials at this time have not explained why 16 specific shops were singled out, they are expected to announce further details during a Friday afternoon press conference.
California has had marijuana laws in place for the last 15-years and it wasn’t until recently that federal officials began fighting dispensaries using Federal jurisdiction to bully the dispensaries.
The Obama administration recently started taking a hard line stance against the shops with Kevin Sabet, a former adviser to the president’s drug czar revealing:
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The administration is simply making good on multiple threats.”
Do you think the Federal government should allow California and other states to determine if medical marijuana should be legalized or should the Feds continue to send threatening letters to marijuana dispensaries in an attempt to kill off the entire industry?