It’s 2012, which could mean a few things. The first is that the Mayans could be right and the world will end. The second is that it’s an election year, so politicians are looking for whatever edge they can get.
Let’s go with the latter for now, evidenced by the fact that federal prosecutors are now coming after Denver medical marijuana dispensaries, as they did in other states like California, threatening criminal prosecution because federal and state laws regarding marijuana differ.
Our Denver medical marijuana lawyers are ready to defend medical marijuana patients, cultivators or distributors who face criminal charges even though the drug they are using or distributing is within the bounds of state law.
In their latest attempt to cause problems for a legal industry in Colorado, federal prosecutors have recently begun warning those operating medical marijuana dispensaries within 1,000 feet of schools they will face civil or criminal penalties if they don’t shut down in 45 days, Reuters reports.
It’s likely this new wave of harassment will cause major problems for dispensaries because those with legal leases for retail space could now end up being sued by landlords or have to pay major penalties. They then will have to find a new place to rent, which could also be a challenge.
Landlords, worried about problems, could refuse to rent and local lawmakers, scared of federal involvement, could begin campaigns to ban these businesses, even though voters have spoken clearly about their desire for these businesses to remain in order to treat people who have severe illnesses.
Colorado is just the latest place where federal prosecutors have used their valuable time going after legitimate businesses. Instead of trying to crack down on mortgage fraud or major drug traffickers, they are wasting their time with medical marijuana dispensaries, who are simply available to those who have a legal prescription to use marijuana for medical purposes.
In California, where this type of action first started last year, many local governments have been scared into cracking down on these businesses or setting up bans for these businesses altogether because they’re worried about federal involvement. This is depriving people of what they need and what they voted for. Our Denver medical marijuana lawyers think it’s awful that politics is interfering with what voters want, but we are ready to defend against these actions.
Denver DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney, Jeremy Rosenthal aggressively defends DUI cases, medical marijuana related legal issues, and criminal defense cases. The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal - Denver, Colo