DOJ Announcement on Latest California Medical Marijuana Raids
The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear two medical marijuana cases.
The California Supreme Court has jumped into the fray again over the legality of medical marijuana laws, deciding on Wednesday to review two lower court rulings that impact how and whether local governments can regulate pot dispensaries across the state.
In their weekly closed-door session, the justices voted unanimously to review cases out of Long Beach and Riverside that dealt with the ongoing conflict between California's voter-approved law allowing the use of medical marijuana and federal laws barring the use or sale of the drug. The state Supreme Court's rulings in the cases are likely to have a widespread impact in the Bay Area, where cities from San Jose to Oakland have regulations dealing with medical marijuana providers.
Last week, warning letters were sent to 23 Colorado dispensaries, landlords and property owners. The letters warned:
The Department of Justice has the authority to enforce the federal law even when such activities may be permitted under state law."
The U.S. Attorney's spokesman in Colorado says the letters are " only the first wave."
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