The recent boom of medical marijuana dispensaries in California has prompted police to investigate the legality of the new businesses. In San Diego, fourteen medical marijuana providers were found to be in violation of California’s medical marijuana laws—the businesses were shut down and thirty people were arrested.

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The district attorney asserted that medical pot sellers who advertised openly in local publications and on the Internet were flouting state requirements that they be set up as cooperatives or collectives and in fact were for-profit sellers of marijuana for recreational use. One of the businesses had recorded $700,000 in marijuana income in six months, Dumanis said, and six guns and $70,000 cash were seized in the raids.

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