The federal government raided two medical marijuana dispensaries in Orange County yesterday morning, in conjunction with three lawsuits filed against property owners where the dispensaries were located. According to the Orange County Register, “Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Tuesday also said warning letters were sent to a total of 66 marijuana operations in the cities of Anaheim and La Habra, part of a 10-month coordinated effort by federal authorities targeting not just the owners of medical marijuana dispensaries, but the property owners who lease space to the continually controversial shops.” The dispensary owners and landlords have 14 days to comply.
I will never forget the first time I saw and held a federal order to cease operations. It was at a collective here in Oregon, and it gave me chills up and down my spine. As with just about every collective/dispensary that has ever been harassed by the feds, the establishment I was at had done nothing wrong according to state law. There had never been a break in or any nuisance reported in anyway. Most dispensaries/collectives are located in buildings that would otherwise have been vacant for months or years on end. There needs to be a larger outcry against actions like this, outside of the marijuana community. I would like to see local business owners that are neighbors go to bat for the dispensaries involved in federal lawsuits.
The dispensaries involved in the lawsuits are:
503 N. Anaheim Blvd., where AAA Wellness Center and Anaheim Patients Association operated
2601 W. Ball Road, where a medical marijuana store named Releaf Health & Wellness was located.
3148-3164 E. La Palma Ave., where three marijuana stores are alleged to have been located: Premium Organic Treatments PCA, Mid-County Patients Association and DKG Group Corp.
Several experts have agreed to speak about how businesses can respond to – and hopefully avoid – these threats at the upcoming National Marijuana Business Conference in a panel discussion titled “When the Feds Come Knocking: Handling Raids, Civil Forfeitures & Other Attacks.” MMJ Business Daily, which is hosting the event, is offering a 50% discount on tickets through Aug. 31.