Federal officers are targeting thousands of storefront marijuana dispensaries. The fact that these even exist was news to this UK citizen.
Many feel that the Feds plans will go much further than necessary. However they have stipulated that, at least initially, it will be huge operations that are in their sights plus those close to schools and the like.
US California attorney has said that the law is being abused stating, "That is not what the California voters intended or authorized, and it is illegal under California law. " He was referring to the allegations that, "California's medical marijuana law has given cover for large-scale commercial operations to engage in drug trafficking across state lines, with thousands of pounds of marijuana worth tens of millions of dollars flowing across the country from California".
Supporters of the law claim that this is just one more way that President Obama has let them down saying, "Barack Obama is betraying promises made when he ran for president and turning his back on the sensible policies announced during his first year in office."
Opinion: It seems to this Brit that medical marijuana has distinct benefits but of course its use and distribution is open to abuse. Perhaps officials should make sure it is regulated and controlled rather than withdrawing a valuable treatment for some patients. Regulation will have its own set of problems but it should prevent the current ones California is experiencing.