Santa Barbara’s medical pot dispensaries shut down
December 10, 2012
Amid pressure from the federal government, all four of Santa Barbara’s permitted medical marijuana dispensaries have closed up shop within the past few months. [Noozhawk]
These closures follow federal drug raids on two South Coast operations and the delivery of asset-forfeiture warning letters to the shop’s landlords.
The federal government doesn’t recognize any legal uses of marijuana, and, in May, Drug Enforcement Administration agents served search warrants at Pacific Coast Collective on Milpas Street — the third time it had been raided since 2008 — as well as the Miramar Collective in Summerland and a marijuana farm in a two-story building on East Haley Street, Noozhawk said.
At the same time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office issued legal complaints for forfeiture against the property owners of the three properties, and sent out warning letters to other property owners in Santa Barbara County who lease to permitted medical pot shops.