A letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego to U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy last Thursday called attention to one of the stranger new tactics in the Obama administration’s war on medical marijuana.
The ACLU’s letter called on Duffy to retract a recent statement in which she seemed to indicate that local government employees who issue land use licenses to medical marijuana collectives might be next in line for federal criminal prosecution.
Weighing in on a proposed ballot measure to regulate medical marijuana collectives in Del Mar, Duffy cautioned that “State and City employees who conduct activities mandated by the Ordinance are not immune from liability under the [Controlled Substances Act].” Federal prosecutors in other parts of the country occasionally have made similar statements during Obama’s Presidency.
Are Del Mar employees in real danger of going to jail if residents vote for the ballot measure in November? In a word, no.