The United States attorney for California’s Eastern District, Benjamin Wagner, broke his silence regarding his office’s near-five-month old crackdown on California dispensaries Friday, in an interview with the national editor of the Hearst Newspapers Washington Bureau.
The crackdown has eliminated safe access to the life-saving drug for tens of thousands of sick and dying throughout the state, and cost thousands of jobs and millions in tax revenue, NORML reports.
The Department of Justice’s take: “no regrets”.
Marijuana businesses became too brazen between the Ogden Memo of 2009 and the Cole Memo of 2011, Wagner said. “We were alarmed by the explosive growth of these large commercial operations. These huge dispensaries are focused on profits.”