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Feds Crack Down on Marijuana Dispensaries in California

Federal prosecutors are cracking down on marijuana dispensaries, regardless if they are legal in California.

Medical medical marijuana dispensaries could face criminal charges from the federal government, even if they are running legally under California law, according to the Associated Press. 

Prosecutors sent letters to at least 12 San Diego pot shops or their landlords stating that they are violating federal drug laws and are "subject to criminal prosecution and civil enforcement actions," according to a letter signed by Attorney Laura Duffy.

The prosecution comes after the Obama Administration toughened its stand on pot dispensaries, stating in late June that the shops could face prosecution for violating federal drug and money laundering laws. The warning seems to be part of an attempt by the administration to curb medical marijuana use, Kris Hermes, a spokesman for the Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group, said.

"This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone," Kevin Sabet, a former advisor to the President's drug czar, said to the AP. "The administration is simply making good on multiple threats issued since President Obama took office."

Pot is legal in 16 states, including California, for people with doctors' recommendations.

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