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Obama Administration Drops Charges Against Landlords Renting To Cannabis Dispensaries

Posted by on Oct. 15, 2013 at 12:27 AM
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Earlier this week, the  U.S. Attorney’s office made an uncharacteristically reasonable move, and dropped all charges against several California landlords renting to dispensaries. As property forfeiture has remained a major risk of renting to dispensaries (and other medical marijuana related establishments), landlords in medical cannabis-permitting states are no doubt breathing a collective sign of relief, hoping this will set precedent across the nation.

Tony Jalali, a software engineer who invested in a $1.5 million piece of property in Anaheim as a means towards his retirement, was facing asset forfeiture for renting to a dispensary. His was the first case dropped. After an undercover DEA agent forged a medical recommendation and, posing as a legitimate patient, purchased $37 of cannabis from the dispensary renting from Tony, the U.S. threatened to seize his property, and gave him an ultimatum – he could lose the property, or agree to surprise inspections from the government, who would be checking to assure that he never rents to a dispensary again.

Represented by his attorney Matthew Pappas and the Institute for Justice, Tony refused the terms. Now, the case has been dropped with prejudice, which means they can’t threaten to seize his property again. “There will be no refiling of these actions,” said Pappas, speaking on the victory. The only condition to the case being dropped was that Tony not demand that the U.S. government pay his attorney fees.

Other landlords who had their case dropped the same day included Dr. Mark Burcaw, who was renting to a dispensary in Santa Ana, Walter and Diane Botsch, who were renting to a dispensary in Eagle Rock (LA), and Tom Woo, who was also renting to a dispensary in So-Cal.

“It’s pretty amazing for them to come up and dismiss the cases, pretty unusual,” Pappas said, while offering his thoughts on how this is a direct result of the Obama administration’s shifting policy on marijuana. “I think it’s a major victory for patients, for citizens in general.”

While cannabis advocates across the country will need to continue the fight for legalization (both medical and recreational), and legitimization, this is most definitely a victory in the war against the war on cannabis.

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It doesn't make up for all the BS but it's a good thing, I hope.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

by on Oct. 15, 2013 at 12:27 AM
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viv212
by Gold Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 12:51 AM
It is a good thing :)

I finally got my medical card :) It worries me that when I'm picking up one day that the Feds are going to come through the door when I'm there even though I know they really can't do anything to me.

My clinic is so low-profile. It looks like a carneceria on the outside and is even named as if it's a meat market. I think they get less noses up in their business that way.
trippyhippy
by Gold Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 1:38 AM

Awesome!


DestinyHLewis
by Destiny on Oct. 15, 2013 at 2:44 AM


Why do you need it? 

Quoting viv212:

It is a good thing :)

I finally got my medical card :) It worries me that when I'm picking up one day that the Feds are going to come through the door when I'm there even though I know they really can't do anything to me.

My clinic is so low-profile. It looks like a carneceria on the outside and is even named as if it's a meat market. I think they get less noses up in their business that way.



viv212
by Gold Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 9:08 AM
The license? Mainly so I don't get a ticket if I have any on me. I know some cops may be jerks and take it away from me but luckily it hasn't happened yet.

Quoting DestinyHLewis:


Why do you need it? 


Quoting viv212:

It is a good thing :)



I finally got my medical card :) It worries me that when I'm picking up one day that the Feds are going to come through the door when I'm there even though I know they really can't do anything to me.



My clinic is so low-profile. It looks like a carneceria on the outside and is even named as if it's a meat market. I think they get less noses up in their business that way.




EireLass
by Ruby Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 9:08 AM
Well thats good.

What the heck are they buying for $37?
Euphoric
by Thumper kid spanks on Oct. 15, 2013 at 10:32 AM

 :)

paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Oct. 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

That's good.

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Oct. 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM


Quoting viv212:

It is a good thing :)

I finally got my medical card :) It worries me that when I'm picking up one day that the Feds are going to come through the door when I'm there even though I know they really can't do anything to me.

My clinic is so low-profile. It looks like a carneceria on the outside and is even named as if it's a meat market. I think they get less noses up in their business that way.

I think it's a good thing but have become so cynical of this admin have to wonder if there's an ulterior motive.

Our dispensary is on the other side of the L.A. County line and very low key. They haven't had any problems with all the Fed drama. Kern County doesn't seem to be too concerned with medical mj.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

viv212
by Gold Member on Oct. 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM
Maybe an 8th. Maybe an edible. Weird price though isn't it?

Quoting EireLass:

Well thats good.



What the heck are they buying for $37?
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Oct. 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

I read that 'canabalistic'.

Oh my.

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