October 21, 2011
This Sept. 7, 2011 file photo shows a family walking past a closed down medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. Frustrated and fed-up with pot collectives flouting their laws, some California cities like Lake Forest asked the federal government for help. In a coordinated response, the state's four U.S. attorneys sent warning letters to landlords leasing space to clinics where pot was being sold.
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A letter from federal prosecutors accomplished what nearly $600,000 in legal fees couldn't do in this Orange County suburb: it shut down medical marijuana shops.