The U.S. Justice Department is unleashing a new weapon against California’s hundreds of medical pot clinics, says USA Today: Threatening landlords with arrest and property seizures for renting to tenants who violate federal drug laws. Intensifying a crackdown on pot sales that are legal under California law but illegal under U.S. law, Drug Enforcement Administration agents executed search warrants yesterday in raids on 10 marijuana dispensaries across Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-0 in favor of a one-year moratorium on more medical marijuana stores, which have proliferated in the past two years. Federal officials estimate there are 400 storefront and office operations selling medical marijuana in Los Angeles and L.A. County, up from 20 two years ago and more than double the number at the start of the year. Law enforcement officials say the sales have become a source for recreational pot users.