Court Says Feds Can Police Pot Collectives

CALIFORNIA:  An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the federal government’s right to crackdown on California medical marijuana dispensaries complying with state law.

The unpublished ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals addresses a lawsuit from four San Diego dispensaries and a patient, as well as separate but similar suits in Sacramento and the Bay Area.

In the appeal, the lawyers for the dispensaries argued that the federal raids violated their constitutional rights.

The court cited a prior 2007 ruling in rejecting the argument.

Preventing federal enforcement “would compromise a governmental interest in enforcing the law and would therefore be inappropriate,” the ruling says.