Criminal Justice

Feds Warn of Marijuana Crackdown in Central California

Benjamin Wagner, the Eastern District of California U.S. attorney, indicated yesterday that a federal crackdown on large-scale marijuana operations there is imminent, and individuals who own the land risk federal prosecution, along with losing their properties.

Wagner made the remarks at a Sacramento Press Club event, the Associated Press reports. While the U.S. Controlled Substances Act considers marijuana illegal, California law allows marijuana to be grown and supplied to individuals with defined medical issues on a nonprofit basis.

According to the AP, Fresno County Farm Bureau employees have seen marijuana fields as large as 55 acres, with guard towers to protect the crops. And it’s been reported that some California nonprofit dispensaries generate up to $50,000 a day.

“That’s not about sick people. That’s about money,” Wagner said.

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