The Madeleine Brand Show for October 7, 2011

Federal officials threaten to shut down California medical marijuana businesses

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Dave Warden, a bud tender at Private Organic Therapy (P.O.T.), a non-profit co-operative medical marijuana dispensary, displays various types of marijuana available to patients on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Federal prosecutors are cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries here in California. They've sent letters warning landlords that they need to evict the dispensaries within 45 days or their properties will be seized.

Medicinal marijuana has been legal in California since 1996, but possession and sale of pot remains a federal crime. The feds say they will not target people who use the drug in states where it is allowed. But what brought about the crackdown, and how effective will the federal government be at shutting down this industry?

Guest:

Michael Montgomery, reporter for the California Report.


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