By DEREK MOORE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
A state senator with North Bay ties on Wednesday denounced the federal government’s raids on pot dispensaries as an “ambush” that will harm patients.
“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,” Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, stated in a press release.
Leno, whose district encompasses southern Sonoma County as well as Marin County and part of San Francisco, called on the federal government to stop the raids, which he said will “have detrimental impacts on our state’s economy by forcing more Californians into unemployment.”
The state’s four U.S. Attorneys announced the crackdown on the medical marijuana industry, which they said has become a smoke screen for operators of dispensaries to make money illicitly.
Last Thursday, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agents raided a medical marijuana cooperative that holds a Mendocino County sheriff’s permit to grow medicinal pot.