Raids Close Two West Hollywood Medical Marijuana Clinics
The last DEA raid in West Hollywood was in 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: Various types of marijuana are on display at Private Organic Therapy (P.O.T.), a non-profit co-operative medical marijuana dispensary, on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Attorney General Eric Holder announced new guidelines today for federal prosecutors in states where the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes is allowed under state law. Federal prosecutors will no longer trump the state with raids on the southern California dispensaries as they had been doing, but Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley recently began a crackdown campaign that will include raids against the facilities. Cooley maintains that virtually all marijuana dispensaries are in violation of the law because they profit from their product. The city of LA has been slow to come to agreement on how to regulate its 800 to 1,000 dispensaries. Californians voted to allow sick people with referrals from doctors to consume cannabis with the passage of state ballot Proposition 215 in 1996 and a total of 14 states now allow the medicinal use of marijuana. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Updated at 6:45 AM PDT on Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011
Two medical marijuana clinics were closed Tuesday after authorities conducted raids in West Hollywood.
One person was arrested.
Federal agents, LAPD officers and LA County Sheriff's deputies raided Alternative Herbal Health Services and Zen Healing on Santa Monica Boulevard at about 2:10 p.m. The two dispensaries are among four West Hollywood has allowed to operate.
Sarah Pullen of the Drug Enforcement Administration declined to tell the LA Times what led to the raids, what was seized or who was in custody.
The last DEA raid in West Hollywood was in 2007, The Times reported.
In 2009, The U.S. Justice Department said it would not investigate dispensaries that observe California law, even though federal law continues to bar marijuana use.
Published at 6:32 AM PDT on Mar 16, 2011
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