California marijuana sellers fear federal clampdown

Medical marijuana dispensaries across the state of California have been ordered to close from Saturday ahead of a federal crackdown.

Although the medical use of the drug is legal in California, use of the drug remains illegal under federal law and for-profit sales violate California’s state law.

Matthew Kumin, who is a lawyer for the pro-marijuana group NORML, told journalists how inconsistent he believes the policies are: “The government’s irrational policy has reached a breaking point.  The federal government said it will not prosecute patients, and yet they want to shut off their supply. This doesn’t make sense. Everybody’s gone underground.”

Medical marijuana is, say NORML, a key treatment for palliative care for patients with cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, arthritis and other conditions.