California's four U.S attorneys this week told more than a dozen marijuana dispensaries to shut down or face the long arm of the (federal) law, the Associated Press reported on its website.
Federal law, it seems, "takes precedence over state law," according to the attorneys, and they intend to put their collective (presumably SWAT-assisted) boot heel all up in the shit of the dispensaries if they don't shut down. Ouch.
But before you get hasty and start the hate, you should know that California's hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of dispensaries (most of which remain unmolested) aren't even legal under state law. The California rules allow cooperatives and collectives, they do not cover dispensaries. The rules, in fact, warn dispensaries (many of which already existed when the law passed) that they are operating outside of the medical marijuana framework. So the dispensaries probably shouldn't replace the door frames after the feds kick them in - the state is right behind them.
All of which helps cement my view that we don't need any dispensaries at all (more on this later). They put owners at risk for federal prosecution, they smack of corporate influence and they're a hassle for patients.
Especially when the SWAT team crashes in.