LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Protesters across California say they’ll fight the feds’ new crackdown on the medical marijuana industry.

On Friday, California’s four U.S. attorneys explained that they’re going after large-scale commercial operations as part of the coordinated statewide effort.

The Associated Press reported that authorities are using different tactics from cease-and-desist letters sent to dispensaries in San Diego to property owners in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Central Coast being given two weeks to evict pot dispensaries or growers.

Those who received the letters have been given 45 days to close up shop or face criminal prosecution and seizure of their property.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said not all of the thousands of storefront pot dispensaries are being targeted.

“The complaint in a case indicted two weeks ago in this district describes how three defendants who are growing marijuana in Fresno and Madera counties which they claimed was for medical purposes here in California was being mailed to addresses in numerous other states. They received almost $3 million in deposits into their bank accounts in branches in Connecticut,” he said.

Wagner also said the feds will go after pot shops located close to schools, parks, sports fields and other places where there are a lot of children.

For pot activists, this new stand by the Obama administration came out of the blue. Just two years ago, federal authorities signaled they would not move aggressively against medical marijuana dispensaries.

» Feds Target CA Pot Dispensaries Over Drug Laws, Warn Of Shut Down

Comments (11)
  1. Jimmy says:

    Read the fine print…targeting those taking advantage of the freedom they are letting us live with without a fight. Relax.

  2. larry says:

    They did it here. It was across from the base fed property. But of course the porn was and most everything else but the feds had no power over these only local codes apply. Locals simply can’t get an answer to where will the pot come from out of county, the feds, home grown. If so how???

  3. Pysco Active says:

    law or no law I’ll always get my weed, they can do whatever they may wish, it doesn’t affect me……

  4. Cynthia says:

    That’s the exact same thought I had. He did say “if elected” he wouldn’t continue to prosecute medical MJ. I am Soooooo glad I’m done with chemo but I’m sad for those who are and are worried about their meds. In the end it’s nice to have the freedom to choose to use it as a medication. With Liver Disease there isn’t much else you can safely use during chemo.

  5. Pysco Active says:

    Mexican pot will be flooding the streets again, nasty stuff………

    1. shutup says:

      What are you whining about, you said they could do whatever they wish.

  6. Amy says:

    My uncle patrols Van Nuys with LAPD and he has always said…”Marijuana is like female street prostitution – both will never be lessened nor eliminated. Drug busts and prostitution stings are performed FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE of giving the local community a false sense that the “problem” is lessened when in fact its not”. What can I say…people want their weed, women know they can make tons of tax-free cash with their bodies and 99% of men love having no strings attached sex. Simple concept to understand.

  7. fo ter says:

    He did say “if elected” he wouldn’t continue to prosecute medical MJ.
    Another lie, just like all other parts of his campain.

  8. MIKE says:

    i got my card!!!!!! 420***************out

  9. Terrell Murphy says:

    Why does the govt keeps bsing and just open up shops themselves and make all the money? http://www.foodsburningfat.info

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