California legislators tell Feds to back off attacks on marijuana dispensaries
San Francisco Democrats State Senator Mark Leno and Assemblymember Tom Ammiano held a press conference today to publicly protest what they describe as an increasing number of federal government raids on medical marijuana dispensaries within the sovereign borders of the Golden State.
Earlier this month, federal prosecutors announced plans for sweeping criminal prosecutions against medical marijuana dispensaries across the state, threatening landlords with eviction, property seizures and imprisonment, with similar threats toward newspaper publishers and radio operators who run ads for the pot dispensaries.
“I urge the federal government to stand down in its massive attack on medical marijuana dispensaries, which will have devastating impacts for the state of California,” said Leno. “At a time when resources are precious and few, federal officials have chosen to waste time and money in an ambush that will harm countless patients who will no longer be able to safely access doctor-recommended treatments,” stated Leno. “Our federal dollars, especially during a down economy, would be better spent on activities and programs that save jobs and help people in need. Instead, this ill-timed and ill-conceived offensive would have detrimental impacts on our state’s economy by forcing more Californians into unemployment.”