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Article posted May 07 2013, 4:28 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Alternet Print

40 Years in Jail for Landlords Renting to Legal Pot Dispensaries?!

There's a massive new federal crackdown on legal marijuana sales.
By Nicole Flatow


In several West Coast cities, federal officials are initiating a new round of crackdowns against dispensaries that are seemingly complying with state medical marijuana law. In Seattle, 11 dispensariesreceived shutdown warnings. In San Francisco, almost halfof the city's small number of state-licensed dispensaries received similar warnings. And in neighboring cities like San Jose, several others were warned.

The cease-and-desist letters from the Drug Enforcement Administration warn harsh federal punishment, including as much as 40 years in jaileven for landlords that rent to marijuana dispensaries. They also warn that they if properties do not cease marijuana activity within 30 days, the agency will pursue what's known as civil forfeiture, in which the federal government threatens to seize the facility and other assets if the marijuana business continues. For those who are renting space, this means the landlord is effectively asked to evict its marijuana tenant -- a process that has proved difficult, as state and federal courts handling eviction proceedings resist this federal intervention.

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