Federal Collective Crackdown Continues in Los Angeles County

 by lucy

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.

 

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    Mike-420 said on Jun 7, 2012

    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. OK There using Federal Law we get that…

    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.”

    Then he quotes STATE LAW ..

    So what the fuck ?? are these raids being conducted because of FEDERAL LAW OR because there not in line with STATE Law?

    OR .. Is it because the federal government is ran by a bunch of FOR PROFIT corporations..

    Just sad how obvious it is they have no idea why there really doing this in the first place.

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    dallas said on Jun 7, 2012

    Problematic of course that "for profit" is something that will be stated as an issue considering the books of said collectives aren't available to the feds. The unfortunate nature of this is that removing a flux of collectives leads to less "competition" (especially in those who are trying to be in compliance) and less access to patients. If we'd put this effort and resources into creating a system which generates tax revenues and compliance within this industry we'd be adding a significant amount to the "ADD" column for the state and feds rather than a big fat minus.

  3. 1

    adam336 said on Jun 7, 2012

    I'ts come time to RISE UP America

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      Mike-420 said on Jun 8, 2012

      Its been that time for a very long time now.. sadly we cant seem to come together as a country to rise up to anything atm..

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    BuDrO said on Jun 8, 2012

    Ya alot of people rele dont c wuts going on the otherside of the curtain persay

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    Gossett said on Jun 9, 2012

    Mike, I think you have directly hit the nail on the head about our Federal Government. Not so democratic even with a democrat in the white house.

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    tgameduser said on Jun 9, 2012

    just realize the two party system is done. Democrat and Republicans all want the same thing now, police state – war – big spending – no cuts – drug war … it won't end until we elect someone in the white house who holds ideals like ending the drug prohibition and stopping excessive spending …

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    dayzaway99 said on Jun 9, 2012

    Nothing is happening, this sort of thing has been going on since the beggining of collectives opening, stop crying saying its cuz of the president. Nothing is gonna change over night we will be lucky if 20 years from now we push foward a real intitative to legalize as a nation but for now. This is gonna be a constant battle, and lawsuit every single day. And don't worry every time they close down one collective its like if 4 new ones pop up. Theres nothing they can do, in the long run and for the short term they focus on just putting on a show of force and putting away as many collectives as possible stretching themselves and their budget for no reason but political ones.

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