Feds Shut Down Marijuana Shops

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 11:  Marylin Rodriguez gets her prescriptions filled at Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary on May 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The dispensary is one 25 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles fighting to stay open after city prosecutors began notifying 439 medical marijuana dispensaries that they must shut down by June 7.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Marylin Rodriguez

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    The federal government isn’t wasting any time in cracking down on the sale of medical marijuana in California. Despite the fact that the drug is still legal in the state, federal officials announced in July that pot would not be legalized in the U.S. for medical purposes. Now they’re shutting down California’s marijuana shops, giving them 45 days to close their doors before they are liable for criminal prosecution. Four U.S. attorneys sent letters to 16 shops, warning of the crackdown and declaring that federal law “takes precedence over state law.”

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