Battle Between Oakland, CA And Feds Heats Up
Late last year we reported on the Oakland, CA City Council’s decision to suspend plans concerning 4 large “industrial” marijuana farms in the wake of threats from the federal government to intervene. We reported then that the council would revisit the issue on February 1st. They have, and it doesn’t look good for proponents of the large cannabis farms idea.
In no uncertain terms the federal government says that marijuana is illegal and they will treat it as such. According to a letter from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, marijuana is against federal law and “anyone who “knowingly facilitates” others to commit the crimes associated with marijuana growing is also breaking federal law.” Her letter went on to say that the federal government doesn’t waste resources on targeting sick people, but they are looking into the matter of Oakland’s cannabis farms and deciding what they will do.
Ominous words, intended to make the city scrap these plans altogether. The city council has to decide how much of a battle these large farms are worth. If they are allowed to open, chances are good the DEA will sweep through and shut them down, take all the cannabis, cash, and equipment they can find, then condemn the warehouses. This looks like something we will have to revisit down the line. The DEA is too powerful and too hostile for something like this to work currently.
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