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Feds drop Calif medical pot case against landlord

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors have dropped a civil forfeiture lawsuit against an Anaheim landlord who rented space to medical marijuana dispensaries.

Court documents filed Tuesday show a stipulated agreement between the U.S. government and Tony Jalali. Federal authorities were using a well-established law that allows for the seizure of property linked to criminal activity.

Had the case moved forward, Jalali could have lost his building, worth about $1.5 million.

Jalali was among more than two dozen landlords ensnared in a federal push to close pot clinics in California. He argued he was unfairly targeted and he booted the lone remaining dispensary once the lawsuit had been filed.

Federal prosecutors declined to comment about the agreement.

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