Feds Close "Model" SF Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Law-abiding, taxpaying dispensaries shuttered by feds.

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    The federal Justice Department's war on local state-legal medical marijuana continues, with two San Francisco cannabis dispensaries announcing plans to close at the end of business on Tuesday.

    HopeNet, on Ninth Street, and Vapor Room, in the Lower Haight, will both close under pressure from United States Attorney Melinda Haag, the San Francisco Examiner reported. Haag sent the landlords of both dispensaries letters warning of property seizures and stiff prison sentences if the dispensaries did not close down.

    Both dispensaries were permitted by San Francisco, and neither received any complaints, according to the newspaper.

    San Francisco has permitted dispensaries since 2005. The federal Justice Department began shutting down dispensaries Oct. 7 of last year, when the four United States attorneys in California announced a coordinated statewide crackdown on the marijuana industry.

    Marijuana advocates criticize President Barack Obama for the crackdown, as Obama made promises on the campaign trail and in office to leave state law-abiding dispensaries alone. Similar promises were made as recently as June by Attorney General Eric Holder.