The Feds have signaled that they will not tolerate centralized production of medical cannabis, as is suggested in the Eureka ordinance. The Feds have also made it clear that they will prosecute officials that issue permits or pass laws that violate the CSA. As a matter of fact the Feds just told Rhode Island that they would prosecute anyone involved with its state authorized dispensaries.”"Friday’s letter makes it clear the DOJ will now pursue certain commercial cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana”, said Governor Chafee, “even if such cultivation and distribution is permitted by state law, (emphasis added).” “The Department of Justice previously indicated that it would not focus its limited resources on doctors and their sick patients who prescribe and use marijuana if such use was permitted by state law,” Gov. Chafee asserted. “This position was interpreted by some states (and cities) as giving them latitude to authorize medical marijuana cultivation and distribution programs.
Arcata should revisit its own ordinance in light of this fact and decentralize where the cannabis in its own dispensaries comes from.