California lawmaker: Marijuana crackdown will cost millions in lost revenue
California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D) said last week that the federal government’s crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries would cost the state millions of dollars in lost revenue.
In early October, U.S. Attorneys threatened to seize the properties of medical marijuana dispensaries if they didn’t close up shop within 45 days.
“With national polls showing support for marijuana at an all-time high, it defies common sense that the Department of Justice would return to the failed policies of the past,” Ammiano said.
Gallup recently found that Americans favor marijuana legalization now more than ever. A record-high 50 percent of Americans say the use of marijuana should be made legal, up 4 percent from last year and 14 percent from 2006.
“Instead of supporting state efforts to effectively regulate medical marijuana in accordance with Prop 215, the Obama administration seems committed to re-criminalizing it,” Ammiano continued. “This destructive attack on medical marijuana patients is a waste of limited law enforcement resources and will cost the state millions in tax revenue and harm countless lives. I urge President Obama to reconsider this bad policy decision and respect California’s right to provide medicine to its residents.”
His statement was echoed by California state Senator Mark Leno (D).
“I urge the federal government to stand down in its massive attack on medical marijuana dispensaries, which will have devastating impacts for the state of California,” said Leno. “At a time when resources are precious and few, federal officials have chosen to waste time and money in an ambush that will harm countless patients who will no longer be able to safely access doctor-recommended treatments.