DEA Warning Pot Club Landlords of Possible Property Seizure

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is using a new tactic against Northern California medical marijuana dispensaries.

In recent weeks, DEA agents have sent letters to their landlords warning them of jail time, stiff fines and even forfeiture of their property if landlords allow tenants to peddle pot.

The letters have "definitely caused a panic," said Nathan Sands, a spokesman for the Compassionate Coalition, a medical marijuana education group.

Federal law bars marijuana sales, but California voters in 1996 approved a measure legalizing medical pot.

The DEA has issued similar letters in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas. In LA, pot club supporters say they have
prompted about three dozen dispensaries to shut down.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee,

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