Feds Subpoenaed San Francisco for Medical Marijuana Records

Fifth SF Dispensary Likely To Close

It wasn't Tommy gun-toting agents who finally put Prohibition-era bad boy Al Capone behind bars on Alcatraz: it was paper-pushers from the Internal Revenue Service who busted the syphilitic mobster on tax fraud.

In this second era of Prohibition, in which non-prescription drugs (other than caffeine, nicotine, salvia, kava, etc.) have been under federal ban since 1970, it has also not been kevlar-clad drug warriors responsible for shuttering three San Francisco medical marijuana dispensaries.

It's been the city's own records.

Files from the Department of Public Health, which permits the city's two dozen — and dropping — cannabis dispensaries, were subpoenaed by United States Attorney for Northern California Melinda Haag and used to ensure the pot clubs were closed, city officials told the Medical Cannabis Task Force.

Three San Francisco dispensaries have closed since receiving warning letters from Haag's outpost of Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department. A fourth, Sanctuary, received a letter over the Thanksgiving holiday. The feds have now requested information on yet one more dispensary, which means a fifth dispensary will probably close, city officials said.

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