60+ dispensaries in Santa Ana, California have nothing to celebrate this 420. This week the feds raided several Santa Ana dispensaries forcing them to close plus warned 50+ more dispensaries. Here’s the latest news story on that from therepublic.com
LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors have sued the property owners of seven marijuana shops in Santa Ana and are warning dozens more that they are operating illegally under federal law.
In lawsuits filed Thursday by U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr., property owners are being told it’s illegal for them to allow pot sales in buildings they own.
Prosecutors say five of the properties targeted are owned by chiropractor Mark Burcaw. He could not be reached for comment Thursday night.
California’s federal prosecutors launched a coordinated crackdown on the state’s medical marijuana industry in 2011 by threatening landlords with property forfeiture. Since then, hundreds of pots shops have closed.
California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use when voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996, but marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
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