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California Pot Dispensary Crackdown

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Sacramento, CA– Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries in California are being ordered to shut down in 45 days.

Federal prosecutors are also warning owners and landlords of these shops that they could face criminal charges or seizure of their assets if they do not comply.

The Associated Press reports that the state’s four U.S. attorneys announced Friday that they have stepped up efforts to reduce both marijuana cultivation and sales of pot to those who use California’s 15-year-old medical marijuana law as legal reason.

But not all of the thousands of storefront pot dispensaries thought to be operating in California are being targeted, says U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner, who represents the Central Valley.

Federal officials are instead initially targeting marijuana shops located near schools, parks, sports fields and other areas where children gather.

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