California is known for its open stance on medicinal marijuana. Throughout the state, medical marijuana dispensaries function openly and in full view of the public. The openness of the trade stems from the fact that California legalized the sale of medical marijuana years ago, despite opposition from the federal government.
A 63-year-old man appeared in a California court to try to prevent county authorities from removing the marijuana garden he maintains. The man has since been arrested on federal charges of drug trafficking. The allegations were said to be the culmination of a four-month-long investigation.