Feds rationalize pot law pursuit
February 28, 2012
A top U.S. attorney Tuesday reemphasized the federal government’s continuing interest in busting medical marijuana dispensaries in California. In a Sacramento Press Club talk, Benjamin Wagner of the Eastern District attempted to explain the reasons that stepped-up enforcement has resulted in numerous raids, property seizures, and criminal charges. [SacramentoBee]
Wagner and other U.S. attorneys from this state have argued in the past that the 16-year-old medical marijuana law has been “hijacked by profiteers” and that they intend to push forward to enforcement of federal pot laws, even in other states where it is legal.
The voter-approved Proposition 215 has been targeted by federal authorities with increasing gusto under the Obama Administration, contrary to promises made by the president during his campaign.