An ongoing crackdown on medical marijuana collectives throughout California has been perpetuated today, as federal authorities target dozens of collectives throughout 11 cities in Los Angeles County.
In a statement from Central District US Attorney Andre Birotte, it was revealed that federal officials have sent out warning letters to over 30 collectives in the cities of La Mirada, Diamond Bar, South Gate, Malibu, Santa Fe Springs, Agoura Hills, South El Monte, Artesia, Whittier, Commerce, and Paramount. The warning letters give collective owners and property owners fourteen days to come into compliance. Should they not comply, they could face civil or criminal actions.
Additionally, federal officials have filed forfeiture lawsuits against two properties in Santa Fe Springs that have three collectives operating within them. These collectives are being targeted due to the fact that they operate on a for-profit basis.
According to the lawsuits, which were filed on Tuesday, “Under federal law, the distribution of marijuana is prohibited except under very limited circumstances not applicable here. The government is informed and believes that at all times relevant to this compliant, the operation of the marijuana stores on the defendant property was not (and is not) permitted under California law.”
Birotte explained that between the warning letters and forfeiture lawsuits, over 220 dispensaries and growing operations have been targeted in the central district of California since crackdowns began in October of last year. He confirms that similar actions are being carried out in California’s other three districts.