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California Politicians Slam Federal Medical Marijuana Crackdown

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DEA evilby Phillip Smith

A pair of Northern California elected officials Wednesday urged the federal government to back off on its “senseless assault” on medical marijuana dispensaries. At the same time, they said they want to meet with federal officials to see what’s behind the crackdown.

Stalwart supporters of medical marijuana state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) took to the microphones at a news conference at the State Building in San Francisco.

“I urge the federal government to stand down in its massive attack on medical marijuana dispensaries,” Leno said in remarks reported by KTVU-TV. “California voters intended that patients should have safe and affordable access to medical marijuana,” he said.

Leno and Ammiano said they are pondering new state legislation to regulate dispensaries, but added that such laws would be workable only if California legislators hear from the Justice Department that such regulations would have an impact on federal enforcement efforts. They said they hoped to speak with Justice Department officials in the next few days.

“To be successful legislatively, we would need some indication from the federal government that (the state legislation) would impact” the Justice Department offensive, Ammiano said.

“Call the dogs off and let’s sit down,” Leno said.

The news conference came in response to the October 7 announcement by California’s four US Attorneys that they are ramping up federal persecution of medical marijuana providers in the state. Even though California voters approved medical marijuana in 1996, the federal government refuses to recognize such laws.

While the Justice Department has said it is not targeting patients, it is clearly targeting dispensaries and medical marijuana grow operations, with DEA raids ongoing and threatening letters being sent to dispensary landlords in a bid to force them to evict their medical marijuana tenants.

At the press conference, Ammiano conceded that California has little recourse when it comes to federal interference in its medical marijuana program. “In the end, they’ll probably do whatever they want,” he said.

Now, the federal government needs to be convinced that raiding medical marijuana providers operating in compliance with state laws is not what it wants. President Obama will have a chance to get that message when he visits California on a fund-raising swing next week. He will be met by organized protestors when he comes to San Francisco Tuesday.

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