Calif. pot dispensaries told to shut down - US news - Crime & courts - msnbc.com It seems that they are paying taxes, are responsible businesses operating within the laws of their State. On the other hand, the Federal government won't try to prosecute anyone because of the fear of losing the case and thereby setting precedent. That means this is simple harassment and potentially an illegal confiscation of personal property in violation of civil rights. I’m wondering about the ‘conservative’ members on this board? How do you feel about the Federal Government stepping on the rights of States?