examiner Federal agents beefed up by local law enforcement personnel raided two West Hollywood medical marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday, arresting one person.
The agents, along with Los Angeles Police Department officers and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, raided Alternative Herbal Health Services and Zen Healing on Santa Monica Boulevard around 2:10 p.m., the Los Angeles Times reported. The two dispensaries are among four West Hollywood has allowed to operate. Sarah Pullen of the Drug Enforcement Administration declined to tell the Times what led to the raids, what was seized or who was in custody.
The last DEA raid in West Hollywood was in 2007, The Times reported.
In 2009, The U.S. Justice Department said it would not investigate dispensaries that observe California law, even though federal law continues to bar marijuana use.
Yup, that Holder memo has a huge loophole. It said they wouldn’t prosecute those dispensaries operating in “clear and unambiguous compliance” with state law. Well, nothing about California’s medical marijuana is “clear and unambiguous” when it comes to storefront sales.
But it certainly goes against the interpretation many had about that memo in the context of President Obama’s responses to the question of medical marijuana raids while running for office. He said “I’m not going to be doing is using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue simply because I want folks to be investigating violent crimes and potential terrorism. We’ve got a lot of things for our law enforcement officers to deal with.”
Apparently all the violent crimes and potential terrorism have been taken care of.
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