East Bay Express:  “San Diego’s U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy sure has some strong opinions about medical weed. . . . Duffy . . . has gone on to threaten local city officials in Del Mar with jail time for administering lawful medical cannabis regulations.  Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union told Duffy to can it. Registered voters in Del Mar will have a choice to regulate clubs at the ballot box this November, and Duffy’s threats against Del Mar officials amount to “unjustified interference in local legislative matters,” wrote David Loy, legal director for the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, in an open letter.”

Laura Duffy wrote her letter of July 17, 2012, in response to a request from Del Mar, California, City Attorney Leslie Devaney “concerning the Department of Justice’s guidance on investigations and prosecutions in states and cities that authorize the medical use of marijuana.  This letter is written to clarify the U.S. Department of Justice’s guidance on this issue.”  Ms. Duffy’s letter states:

“You raised concerns with respect to the citizen-drafted City of Del Mar Compassionate Use Dispensary Regulation and Taxation Ordinance (“Ordinance”) which has qualified with sufficient signatures to be placed on the November 2012 ballot in the City of Del Mar, California. . . . State and City employees who conduct activities mandated by the Ordinance are not immune from liability under the CSA.”