Landlords are on Frontlines of Pot War

Federal prosecutors are shutting down California pot dispensaries with the efficiency of a nuclear bomb.

Instead of chasing around the dispensary operators, they are focusing on those who lease commercial spaces to them. Even though California legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes 15 years ago, the federal government still considers it a controlled substance. And landowners are subject to federal law which prohibits any owner, lessee, agent, employee, occupant, or mortgagee, to knowingly and intentionally rent, lease, profit from, or make available for use, with or without compensation, any place for the purpose of unlawfully manufacturing, storing, distributing, or using a controlled substance. Title 21 U.S.C. Section 856(a).

And what are the consequences for violating 856(a)?  Forfeiture of the property to the federal government. Furthermore, violating federal law is a felony and carries a penalty of up to 40 years in prison. Each new forfeiture action serves as a strong deterrent for other property owners around the state.  Full story here.

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