Raw Story reports that the Department of Justice is pressuring landlords to evict medical marijuana dispensaries from their properties. Two dispensaries, HopeNet and Vapor Room, both report that their landlords received letters threatening them with seizure of property and other penalties unless the shops were closed. The scare tactics are in sharp contrast to the government’s earlier assurances:
Nine San Francisco-area dispensaries have closed since last November, when 600 landlords across California were first contacted regarding the clubs operating in their buildings.
In June, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said only dispensaries breaking state law would be targeted, which made HopeNet’s closing particularly frustrating to Smith – she had served on the city’s Medical Marijuana Task force and helped put together the 2006 local ordinance expanding tolerance for smoking marijuana on private property.
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