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US CA: Marijuana Dispensary Crackdown Draws Suit

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Pubdate: Fri, 28 Oct 2011

Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)

Copyright: 2011 Hearst Communications Inc.

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Author: Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer




The Obama administration's campaign against medical marijuana dispensaries in California is an unconstitutional attack on the state's authority to set its own health policies, an advocacy group charged in a lawsuit Thursday.


While the federal government is entitled to enforce its laws against marijuana possession, cultivation and sale, its recent tactics - including threats to prosecute dispensaries' landlords and members of city councils that license pot suppliers - add up to an "unlawful assault on state sovereignty," Americans for Safe Access said in papers filed in San Francisco federal court.


"The government has interfered with and attempted to disable California's medical marijuana laws in an effort to force it to adopt and enforce federal prohibitions," attorney Joseph Elford said in the lawsuit.


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