California Raids Target Marijuana Dispensaries


More than a marijuana dispensaries were shuttered and some 25 people arrested yesterday in the San Diego area, reports the city’s Union-Tribune. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said the search warrants served at dispensaries and some homes Wednesday “has nothing to do with legitimate medical marijuana patients or their caregivers.” She said the 14 storefronts targeted were “so-called medical marijuana businesses that appear to be run by drug dealers.”

The raids were part of a coordinated effort in California, whose medical marijuana laws make it illegal to profit from the sale or distribution of the drug. Some medical marijuana advocates lashed out at law enforcement’s handling of the raids. “SWAT-style tactics are just not called for,” said Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, deputy state director for the Drug Policy Alliance.

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