COSTA MESA — Police and local marijuana dispensary owners said they will take their cues from federal authorities on how to proceed in light of last week's announcement that the U.S. Attorney's office is ramping up enforcement against pot collectives in California.
"We're in wait-and-see mode," said Jeff Byrne, director of American Collective, a cannabis club on Cabrillo Street. "It looks to me to be a play to take property. Too early to tell."
Last week, California's four U.S. attorneys gathered in Sacramento and announced that they were going after the state's marijuana dispensary businesses, which are federally prohibited.
Federal officials have filed lawsuits in several counties to seize property and money from alleged for-profit marijuana businesses and sent letters to dozens more — including some in Orange County — ordering them to shut down within 45 days.
Criminal cases have been launched in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Fresno.