Feds Warn Another 103 SoCal Pot Outlets

     LOS ANGELES (CN) – Federal agents on Tuesday warned 103 marijuana stores in Los Angeles County.
     (EDITOR’S NOTE: In the original version of this story, Courthouse News reported that federal agents “raided” 103 marijuana stores. A drug task force spokesman said Thursday that no stores were raided; they were just warned. The original statement from the U.S. Attorney Office’s began: “The latest federal enforcement actions against the commercial marijuana industry in California came today as federal authorities moved against 103 illegal marijuana stores across Los Angeles County. Out of the 103 storefronts targeted today, federal authorities sent warning letters to 28 stores in Long Beach, 71 in Los Angeles, and four in the Antelope Valley.” Courthouse News misinterpreted the meaning of “moved against.” We regret the error. The rest of the story follows, as Courthouse News reported it Wednesday.)
     It was the latest skirmish in the federal war on medical marijuana, which is legal in California. The U.S. Attorney’s Office called the targets “illegal marijuana stores.”
     “Out of the 103 storefronts targeted today, federal authorities sent warning letters to 28 stores in Long Beach, 71 in Los Angeles, and four in the Antelope Valley,” the U.S. attorney said in a statement. “Two of the stores in Long Beach are housed in buildings that are the subject of asset forfeiture lawsuits that were filed today in United States District Court.
     “Today’s [Tuesday’s] federal actions involve all known marijuana stores in the City of Long Beach; the City of Lancaster; the high desert community of Pearblossom; and the parts of Los Angeles served by the Newton, Rampart and Harbor divisions of the Los Angeles Police Department.”
     Federal officials now have busted more 625 marijuana stores in California, prosecutors.
     Marijuana has been shown to be effective in treating side effects of chemotherapy for cancer and AIDS, glaucoma, chronic pain and other medical problems. Eighteen states have legalized it, with conditions, and 11 more have medical marijuana bills pending.
     The federal government insists there is no medical use for marijuana.

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