Closure of More Permitted SF Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Marked by Funeral Procession and Press ConferenceBy threatening landlords, U.S. Attorneys have shut down several city facilities despite objections from local, state officials
San Francisco, CA -- As two city-permitted
dispensaries are shut down today after 9 years of service to
thousands of medical marijuana patients, a coalition calling itself
San Francisco United for Safe Access will stage a funeral procession
with somber marching band, and a press conference tomorrow to bring
attention to the federal government's ongoing attack on medical
marijuana. Today's closures are due to threats of criminal
prosecution and asset forfeiture made by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag
against the dispensaries' landlords unless they promptly evicted
their tenants. Similar threats have been made against 9 dispensaries
in San Francisco, which have all shut down. Advocates argue these
closures are needlessly driving patients into the illicit market.
What: Funeral procession led by The Brass Mafia Marching Band. “Mourners” will be dressed in white and black and are expect to be joined by multiple elected officials.Both dispensaries being forced to shut down today -- HopeNet and Vapor Room -- had been in operation since 2003 and 2004 respectively, and were fully permitted by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Tenants in HopeNet's neighborhood are so concerned about the loss of security HopeNet provided that they have begun holding meetings to decide a course of action. With cameras monitoring 100 feet in every direction and security personnel, nearby tenants noted that HopeNet helped their businesses by increasing the safety of the neighborhood. The local Starbucks has said that it is anticipating a 10 percent drop in business with the loss of HopeNet.
Where: Patient advocates bearing coffins will march from Haight & Steiner to press conference at 450 Golden Gate, Federal Building and offices of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag
When: Wednesday, August 1st - Funeral procession starts at 4pm; Press conference starts at 5pm