Harborside Health Center Targeted For Closure By The Feds
Joe | Jul 11, 2012 | Comments 0
It was only a matter of time, and now there are reports that Harborside Health Center in Oakland has come under the federal gun and is targeted for closure.
Harborside Health Center spokeswoman Gaynell Rogers said U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag’s office has threatened to seize the property where the popular dispensary has operated since 2006 as well its sister shop in San Jose.
Rogers says employees found the complaints taped to doors at the two locations on Monday.
Although medical marijuana is legal in California, court papers filed Sunday say the dispensaries are violating federal law by selling marijuana.
The federal government continually asserts that they are only going after operations violating state law, and not patients, but how many patients are going to lose access to their medicine? Sure, some will find other dispensaries, but in reality thousands of people are going to be displaced medically speaking.
I have been saying it for months and many have disagreed, but I’ll repeat myself: the federal government wants nothing short of the total destruction of medical marijuana in this country, and California is target number 1. They hope other states will fold up their MMJ programs on their own if California falls.
The feds keep upping the ante in CA. How much longer will the attacks continue?
UPDATE: PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW
Just after I posted this story, a media advisory hit my inbox from Americans for Safe Access about a press conference tomorrow about the threats against Harborside.
Oakland, CA – California’s most well-known medical marijuana dispensary, Harborside Health Center, was served with a civil complaint for “forfeiture of property” on Monday for both of their locations in Oakland and San Jose. The Oakland dispensary has been fully permitted and operating since 2006 without incident. The forfeiture action is against the “third-party” property owner, Real Property and Improvements, and was filed by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, who last October announced with the other U.S. Attorneys an escalated campaign against medical marijuana dispensaries and growers.
Attorney General Eric Holder and his U.S. Attorneys have indicated they are not targeting medical marijuana establishments in compliance with state law. However, this forfeiture lawsuit and other federal actions indicate otherwise. Just four days after Attorney General Holder testified before Congress in June that his Justice Department would only undertake enforcement action against medical marijuana organizations operating “out of conformity with state law,” armed federal agents raided El Camino Wellness, a respected — and fully permitted — medical cannabis dispensary in Sacramento, California.
What: Press conference in reaction to asset forfeiture lawsuit against Harborside’s landlord
When: Thursday, July 12th at 9am
Where: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Who: Appearances and statements by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, City Council member Rebecca Kaplan, State Board of Equalization representative, as well as other city and state officials, and affected patients”Harborside has nothing to hide or be ashamed of,” said Harborside Executive Director Steve DeAngelo in a prepared statement. “We will contest the DOJ action openly and in public, and through all legal means at our disposal. We look forward to our day in court, and are confident that justice is on our side.” Harborside maintains that it has complied with all local and state laws and that it was not within 1,000 feet of a school, another rationale the Justice Department is using to target dispensaries even though state law is set at 600 feet.
2ND UPDATE: U.S. Attorney on why Harborside was targeted