Cooley says online pot sales, deliveries illegal

File photo:  Sunset Junction, a medical marijuana dispensary, displays their product on May 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
File photo: Sunset Junction, a medical marijuana dispensary, displays their product on May 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley says delivery of medical marijuana and selling the drug online are illegal.

Cooley, who is running for California attorney general, said Wednesday those who deal in either instance could face felony charges. Cooley has long maintained that the state's law permitting medical pot does not allow for the sale of the drug.

Cooley's statement is in response to recent revelations that medical marijuana providers in Los Angeles found a loophole by making house calls to those seeking pot. On Monday, hundreds of dispensaries were ordered to shut down or else face civil fines or possible criminal charges.

Voters will decide in November whether to legalize pot, which remains illegal under federal law.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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