California: Feds Continue Attacks on Medical Marijuana Collectives
By Steve Elliott
The federal crackdown on medical marijuana continues, with the feds sending landlord threat letters from the U.S. Department of Justice to collectives. A new round of letters went out this week to landlords and collectives throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Many California cities have had similar federal interference recently, including Oakland, Berkeley, Fairfax, Long Bach, Santa Ana and others.
Los Angeles has lost more than 80 collectives, and San Francisco has seen more than a dozen permitted medical cannabis dispensaries close due to the federal threats of asset forfeiture, prosecution and imprisonment.
California's Patient Advocacy Network is responding with a Day of Action on Monday, May 6. "Feds Out of California" rallies will be held from noon until 1 p.m. in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento, with more details to be announced.
• San Francisco: Noon, Federal Building, 90 7th Street, S.F., CA 94103
• Los Angeles: Noon, Edward R. Royal Federal Building, 255 E. Temple St., L.A., CA 90012
• Sacramento: Noon, Federal Building, U.S. District Court, 501 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Supporters are encouraged to contact California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Monday, May 6, to demand that she stand up for California and defend Prop 215, the medical marijuana law. Ask that Atty. Gen. Harris work to stop the federal attacks on collectives, patients, property owners and banks.
To contact Atty. Gen. Harris, call 916.445.9555 or fax 916.323.5341; you can send an email by clicking here.
Patient Advocacy Network is hosting meetings and art parties between now and Monday, May 6; you can contact them directly for details.
In Northern California, contact Shona Gochenauer, 415.240.5247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In Southern California, contact Degé Coutee, 323.334.5282 or email email@example.com. The Twitter account to follow for Patient Advocacy Network is @PAN4Compassion.
(Photo: Patient Advocacy Network)