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FED THREAT SPURS MED MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES TO GO CASH ONLY

By Colin A. Young
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 10, 2018.....As state regulators, investors and entrepreneurs ponder what a shift in federal marijuana law enforcement might mean for the burgeoning recreational pot industry here, medical marijuana patients have already felt its effects and are organizing to push back.

Since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' revocation last Thursday of an Obama-era policy that directed federal prosecutors to essentially look the other way in states that have established regulated markets for legal marijuana, most of the state's medical dispensaries have quickly reverted to cash-only operations.

This week, a majority of the state's 17 open medical marijuana dispensaries notified customers that they would no longer accept debit card payments, with some of them citing a decision by their card payment processor or U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling's statements saying that no aspect of the state-sanctioned marijuana industry is immune from federal prosecution.


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