The letters targeted at least 16 dispensaries in San Diego, San Francisco, Marin and other cities and claim that the state’s medical pot law offers no protection from federal prosecution.
According to the letters, operators of the targeted dispensaries have 45 days to “discontinue the sale and/or distribution of marijuana.”
California’s four U.S. attorneys will hold a news conference Friday about this “coordinated crackdown.”
In cash-strapped California, dispensaries account for an estimated $100 million in sales tax. However, the conflict between the feds and the medical cannabis industry threatens to diminish – or obliterate entirely – this reliable revenue source.