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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 06:23 PM

Haborside Health Center: Oakland Files Lawsuit Against Feds to Prevent Closure of Pot Club

Source: SF Weekly

Oakland filed a complaint in United States District Court today in an attempt to stop the feds from shutting down the state's largest medical marijuana dispensary.

The feds are trying to seize the building along the Embarcadero where the Harborside Health Center is located. The pot club was operating legally under a permit issued by Oakland City officials until July, when U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag filed the paperwork to seize the property, effectively closing it down. Harborside is the city's second-largest retail payer.

The city doesn't want money; it wants the court to put an end to Haag's crusade, which started last year when attorneys began sending letters to the landlords of selected California dispensaries. The letters warned of property forfeitures and stiff prison sentences if the dispensaries were not closed.

... "The federal government has acted beyond its authority by initiating the forfeiture action outside of the statute of limitations," said Cedric Chao, the attorney representing Oakland in this case. "Moreover, the government has indicated for many years by its words and actions that so long as dispensaries and medical patients acted consistently with state law, the dispensaries would be allowed to operate. Oakland has reasonably relied on these assurances, and the government should be prohibited from disrupting Oakland's medical cannabis program."

Read more: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2012/10/haborside_health_center_oaklan.php

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Newsjock Oct 2012 OP
Dustlawyer Oct 2012 #1
Le Taz Hot Oct 2012 #2
frylock Oct 2012 #3
NBachers Oct 2012 #4
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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 07:31 PM

1. I suffer from small fiber sensory neuropathy. As you can see, I live in Tx. so we will get med pot

When hell freezes over. Pot REALLY works for my problem. I suffer from moderate to severe pain 24/7/365 and take numerous meds, 2 that are serious schedule 1 drugs. Pot is the only one that actually let's me be pain free and it helps immediately. The side effects are not as severe as the pills I take. It is criminal that this is a political issue. The politicians are bought off by the alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical and criminal drug lobbies (yes the drug lords send money too). Give us all a break and make this legal!

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 07:41 PM

2. Wow!

The city of Oakland suing the feds. Now THIS is going to get interesting. This is one of those issues that could get way out of hand for the feds really quickly. 'Course if Obama would just reschedule to a II or III this would all go away.

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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 07:45 PM

3. the feds shut down a dispensary here in an unincorporated part of el cajon..

this place had the green light from the Sherriff's office, was inspected by law enforcement on a monthly basis, and wasn't anywhere near any schools or churches. it was often held up as the model of how a legit dispensary should operate. fuck obama's war on pot.

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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 10:49 PM

4. I belong to Harborside. Harborside is a classy, efficiently - run operation.

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Response to NBachers (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 11, 2012, 12:02 AM

5. ...and they're not going down without a fight. And thank you, city of Oakland.

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