A year ago, the federal Justice Department took aim at legal medical marijuana in Mendocino County. The feds warned that the county's novel cannabis plant licensing program, which generated cash and kept sheriffs patrolling the rural area, violated federal law and needed to go; otherwise county officials would be sued. The county rolled over; to take on the federal government would be to enter into a David vs. Goliath situation, one supervisor said.
In October, U.S. Attorney for Northern California Melinda Haag came knocking again. This time, she led a federal grand jury to issue a subpoena demanding the county hand over all documents relating to the licensing program, including names and addresses of any legal cannabis grower in the county.
David, meet Goliath.