LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County's sheriff has launched a war of words against California's medical marijuana dispensaries, saying almost all of the businesses operate as criminal enterprises.
Sheriff Lee Baca is claiming some pot shops get their marijuana from Mexican drug cartels and most are doling out pot to people who have no medical need for it.
Baca says up to 97 percent of clinics have been criminally compromised, though he produced no hard evidence to support his claim.
His comments coincide with an announcement that he would lead efforts against a November ballot measure to legalize marijuana for personal use. Critics say his claims are politically motivated and untrue.
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