Cal NORML News –
US Attorney Melinda Haag has announced a new policy that
effectively overrides the AG’s previous declared policy in the Ogden
memo. Under the new policy, DOJ will pursue large MMJ “superstores”
on account of their size, regardless of whether they are in compliance
with state law. This puts Haag at odds with her boss, Eric Holder,
who recently testified to the House Judiciary Committee that the Ogden
policy was still in effect.
The stage is set for an epic legal battle. Harborside has
vowed not to close its doors and to fight to the hilt in federal
court. So far, they have not been charged with anything; only their
landlords in Oakland and San Jose have received forfeiture notices.
Neither landlord received a prior warning letter from DOJ.
Supporters are urged to make their views known to the
President via the White House Complaint line: www.canorml.org/obama
Everyone is invited to join in a protest of President Obama’s
visit to Oaksterdam on July 23rd, 3:30 PM. Details forthcoming.
– D. Gieringer, Cal NORML
Begin forwarded message:
Subject: U.S. Attorney: Why I’m busting Harborside Health Center
U.S. Attorney: Why I‚m busting Harborside Health Center
This from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag in San Francisco:
On Monday, July 9, this office filed civil forfeiture actions
against 1840 Embarcadero, Oakland, California, and 2106 Ringwood
Avenue, San Jose, where Harborside, a marijuana dispensary claiming
over 108,000 customers, operates.
This office has used its limited resources to address those
marijuana dispensaries that operate close to schools, parks and
playgrounds. As I have said in the past, this is a non-exclusive
list of factors relevant to whether we should commence civil
forfeiture actions against marijuana properties, and circumstances
may require us to address other situations.
I now find the need to consider actions regarding marijuana
superstores such as Harborside. The larger the operation, the
greater the likelihood that there will be abuse of the state‚s
medical marijuana laws, and marijuana in the hands of individuals
who do not have a demonstrated medical need.
The filing of the civil forfeiture complaints against the two
Harborside properties is part of our measured effort to address the
proliferation of illegal marijuana businesses in the Northern
District of California.
The way I read the statement, Harborside hasn‚t actually done
anything illegal (at least in terms of California law) that we can
find. but because it‚s big, it must be guilty.
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