California's Most Well-known Medical Marijuana Dispensary Slapped with Federal Asset Forfeiture SuitOakland Mayor, city and state officials to speak at press conference scheduled for 9am Thursday at City Hall
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
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"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.
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