Medical Marijuana Raids

Federal Circuit Court Won't Halt Crackdown on Calif. Medical Marijuana Clinics

Despite the fact that they're legal in the state


The U.S. government can continue shutting down medical marijuana dispensaries that operate legally under California law, the 9th Circuit ruled.

Federal prohibitions on marijuana use allow the government to prosecute businesses that sell medical marijuana, and a government memorandum saying some medical marijuana users would be a low priority for prosecution is immaterial, the San Francisco-based court concluded.

El Camino Wellness Center, which is the operating name of Sacramento Nonprofit Collective, sued Attorney General Eric Holder in November 2011 after a crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries.