Feds Sue Owners of 3 Anaheim Buildings with Pot Clinics, Warn Others They May Be Next

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"As part of an ongoing initiative against the commercial marijuana industry in California"--a.k.a. two-faced Obama's war on patients for Big Pharma--the feds today filed three asset forfeiture lawsuits targeting Anaheim clinics. "While these marijuana stores purport to be 'medical marijuana dispensaries' operating pursuant to California law, and claim to be distributing marijuana for medical purposes, such distribution is not a recognized exception to the [federal] Controlled Substances Act," read the suits.

According to a Department of Justice statement, the civil asset forfeiture complaints were filed this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against:

  • AAA Wellness Center and Anaheim Patients Association (formerly known as Anaheim Caregivers Association and Anaheim Caregivers Dispensary) at 503 North Anaheim Blvd. Both had been served City of Anaheim cease-and-desist orders, and a property co-owner was previously convicted in state court on felony narcotics charges, according to the feds;

  • Releaf Health & Wellness at 2601 West Ball Road that also received a cease and desist letter from the city. The same building formerly housed Nature's Top Shelf Collective and Remedy Tree, which are both now closed;

  • Premium Organic Treatments PCA, Mid-County Patients Association and DKG Group Corp., all of which operated at 3148-3164 East La Palma Ave. and had received cease and desist letters. 

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Rapper B Real inspects AAA Wellness product.
Search warrants were served this morning at AAA Wellness Center and Anaheim Patients Association, but the feds do not indicate whether anything was seized.

The suits allege that "the owners of the properties knowingly allowed illegal marijuana stores to operate in their buildings. . . . The government is informed and believes that at all times relevant to this complaint, the operation of the marijuana stores on the defendant property was not (and is not) permitted under California law."

Besides the lawsuits, the feds have sent warning letters to people associated with 66 dispensaries in Anaheim and La Habra, according to the Justice Department, which notes most of these clinics remain open, including 38 in Anaheim and two in La Habra. The letters warn operators and landlords that they have 14 days to come into compliance with federal law or risk potential civil or criminal actions.

Search warrants were also served as the La Habra stores that remain open, although the government again does not indicate whether anything was seized. No arrests were announced either.

Today's enforcement is part of a larger, 10-month sweep of dispensaries in seven counties that are part of the Central District of California. With today's lawsuits, the U.S. Attorney's Office has filed a total of 16 asset forfeiture complaints during that enforcement period. Cash was seized from the operator of one store.

Five of the 16 civil actions against landlords have been settled with the property owners agreeing to close dispensaries, forfeit rents they received from the businesses and agreeing never to rent space again to dispensaries lest they lose the properties, according to the government.

The U.S. Attorney's Office, which has also targeted marijuana growers as part of the operation, is working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration and IRS-Criminal Investigation. Cops in Anaheim and La Habra assisted in the local investigations.

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TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

I'm all for legalizing pot. That being said I blame the dispensaries for these raids. Instead of being discreet about it they openly announce their arrival into the neighborhoods. By law they're not supposed to be making a profit but we all know they are. The only type of clientele you ever see at these establishments are tatted up, hat backwards, lowriding, skateboarding, pierced up, thuggish looking, young male punks. Of course the citizenry is gonna rise up against this.

sandy
sandy

This is all about government agencies grabbing the assets of the clinics and landlords.  Follow the money folks...   

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

When is the next OCNORML meeting? 

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

That sucks. The medication from MCPA was making my physical therapy tolerable by reducing the burning pain in my spine.  Now where do I go?  F You Feds. Go find some terrorists or smugglers and leave sick people alone.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

 @ageofknowledge

Caffeine is more habituating than marijuana. When I was young I smoked pot almost daily. When my place of employment started piss tests in the 80s I went from one day to the next to becoming a non-user. No headaches (as would happen if I dropped coffee), no anxiety (as would happen if I had gone from smoking tobacco), ...

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

 @ageofknowledge And I fault everyone from the state voters up to whichever puppet is in the governor's office for not demanding clear guidelines to get the medicine to the patients. Instead, we have this legal gray area that allows this kind of shit. It's silly pot's illegal and deep fried chocolate bacon at the Fair is not anyway.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

 @ageofknowledge

You don't think that possibly your bias has anything to do with your perceptions? There are actual scientific studies that contradict your anecdotal statement. I'll take actual science over anecdotal testimony any day of the week.

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