DOJ Not Backing Off Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
In a letter to the City Attorney of Oakland last month, CA, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag "clarified" the Justice Department's position on federal prosecution involving medical marijuana, and specifically, cultivation authorized by state or municipal law.
The Oakland City Attorney had asked for guidance on Oakland's Medical Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance. U.S. Attorney Haag responds that DOJ is familiar with Oakland's solicitation of applications for permits to operate "industrial cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facilities" pursuant to Oakland Ordinance No. 13033 (Oakland Ordinance)." After consulting with the Attorney General, she says she is writing to clarify DOJ's position:
The prosecution of individuals and organizations involved in the trade of any illegal drugs and the disruption of drug trafficking organizations is a core priority of the Department. This core priority includes prosecution of business enterprises that unlawfully market and sell marijuana.
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