DEA Raids California, Colorado Medical Marijuana Operations


    by Phillip Smith, Putting some law enforcement muscle behind last week’s words of warning from federal prosecutors that a new crackdown on medical marijuana distribution was getting underway, DEA agents this week raided a model regulated medical marijuana grow in Northern California, a medical marijuana dispensary in Southern California, and a medical marijuana grow in Colorado. “The California marijuana industry is not about providing medicine to the sick,” claimed Laura Duffy, the San Diego-based US Attorney at the October 8 Sacramento press conference. “It’s a pervasive, for-profit industry that violates federal law.” But the operation raided Thursday, Northstone Organics in Mendocino County, has been touted as a model medical marijuana grow. It holds a Mendocino County sheriff’s permit to grow the 99 pot plants seized and destroyed by the feds, pays an estimated $8,500 annually in fees to remain compliant, and has even had sheriff’s deputies testify favorably about it in

Feds Send California’s Legal Pot Dispensaries Up In Smoke.


    Medical marijuana’s days may be numbered.  With a true double whammy, the IRS and federal prosecutors are both using weed killer.  California’s federal prosecutorsannounced an aggressive statewide effort to shut down dozens of pot dispensaries.  SeeFederal Prosecutors Target California’s Marijuana Industry.  If that’s not enough, then there’s the IRS. Legal medical marijuana dispensaries have tax problems and they’re getting worse.  Harborside Health Center alone has a $2.5M tax bill.  Dispensaries are slapped with IRS tax bills, taxed on gross income, not net!  That means no deductions for rent, telephone, advertising, wages, you name it.  Talk about seizure! California and 15 other states recognize medicinal marijuana and allow its sale.  But since federal law has not conformed, the drug law mismatchdirectly impacts taxes.  The IRS claims to only be the messenger, tellingHarborside Health Center it can’t deduct its expenses. The culprit is the tax code, since Section 280E disallows any business deductions—no matter how legitimate—incurred in trafficking in controlled substances.  What’s controlled?  Federal

Feds: California Marijuana Dispensaries Must Shut Down.

closed!/petition/reschedule-marijuana/Dp5MkLwk    ​In a major escalation of the U.S. federal government’s war on medical marijuana dispensaries, federal prosecutors have warned California collectives they have 45 days to shut down or face criminal charges and confiscation of their property — even if they are operating legally under the state’s medical marijuana law, approved by voters in 1996. California’s four U.S. Attorneys sent letters on Wednesday and Thursday to at least 16 dispensaries or their landlords notifying them they are violating federal drug laws, reports Lisa Leff at the Associated Press. Medical marijuana is legal in California, but federal law prohibits pot for any purpose. The U.S. Attorneys are scheduled to announce their coordinated crackdown on dispensaries at a Friday news conference. Their offices have so far refused to confirm the closure letters. The Associated Press said it obtained copies of the letters that one federal prosecutor send to 12 dispensaries



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Gov. Jerry Brown Vetos SB 847!

  I am happy to report that Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed SB 847, a bill by Senator Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) that would have required medical cannabis cooperatives and collectives be located at least 600 feet from residential zones! The Governor’s veto comes after a groundswell of opposition from members of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and other medical cannabis advocates. I want to say a special thank you to everyone who visited legislative offices, made phone calls, wrote letters, and sent emails. Well done! The veto of SB 847 shows that grassroots participation makes a difference. We have some big challenges to overcome at the state and local levels, and ASA is already working on next year’s California Campaign.  We have just finished a statewide tour to talk with organizers, and are launching a new effort to coordinate grassroots support for ASA’s draft state legislation. Our goals are to