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U.S. Attorney & DEA Threaten Harborside Health Center Landlords
by Medical Marijuana
Thursday Jul 12th, 2012 10:50 AM
July 12, 2012 – Oakland, California – The federal attack on safe access for medical cannabis patients continues. Yesterday morning, taped to the front doors of the nation’s model medical cannabis dispensary, Harborside Health Center in Oakland and San Jose, was an official ‘Complaint for Forfeiture of Property.’ The complaint is signed by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Assistant U.S. Attorney Arvan Perteet, and DEA Agent David White, filed on July 6, 2012, in the District Court San Francisco Division and received by the court on Sunday, July 9. The complaint seeks forfeiture of real estate and improvements on the grounds that cannabis is being distributed on the premises, in violation of federal law.
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MEDIA ALERT!
For Immediate Release:
July 11. 2012 11 AM

Thousands of Patients Threatened to Lose Safe Access
U.S. Attorney & DEA Threaten
Harborside Health Center Landlords
Property Forfeiture Filed in District Court of San Francisco

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Invitation to Attend Press Conference
Oakland, California – Thursday July 12th at 9 AM – Oakland City Hall

With Appearances and Statements by Patients, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, State Board of Equalization & City Officials, Union Officials, Arturo Sanchez, LEAP Officers, Rebecca Kaplan and Other Statewide Officials

July 12, 2012 – Oakland, California – The federal attack on safe access for medical cannabis patients continues. Yesterday morning, taped to the front doors of the nation’s model medical cannabis dispensary, Harborside Health Center in Oakland and San Jose, was an official ‘Complaint for Forfeiture of Property.’ The complaint is signed by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Assistant U.S. Attorney Arvan Perteet, and DEA Agent David White, filed on July 6, 2012, in the District Court San Francisco Division and received by the court on Sunday, July 9. The complaint seeks forfeiture of real estate and improvements on the grounds that cannabis is being distributed on the premises, in violation of federal law.

This latest federal action to seize property flies in the face of promises made by Haag to exclusively target dispensaries less than 1000 feet from a school, and recent statements from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who stated that only those dispensaries out of compliance with state law would be subject to Federal enforcement actions. Harborside Health Center is neither close to a school, nor out of compliance with state law. The location at 1840 Embarcadero is more than 1000 feet from the closest school, and Harborside is widely recognized as the most legally compliant dispensary in the state, and renowned nationwide.

“Harborside has nothing to hide or be ashamed of,” said Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Center. “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 Health Center employs over 100 people, and is Oakland’s second largest retail tax payer. Last year, HHC paid combined taxes in excess of $3 million, over a million dollars of which went directly to the City of Oakland. Should Harborside be forced to close:

Our 100,000 patients will return to the illegal marketplace
Street drug sales and law enforcement costs will both rise
Over $3,000,000 in tax revenue will be destroyed Our more than 100 current employees will become jobless

“This is a policy that hurts not only those who depend on cannabis for medicine. It will destroy tax revenue, endanger patients, increase unemployment, and empower criminals. Whoever thinks this is a good idea must be smoking something a lot more powerful than cannabis,” said DeAngelo.
§Video Stream of Press Conference
by Medical Marijuana Thursday Jul 12th, 2012 10:57 AM
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Recorded live on July 12, 2012 9:00am PT

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/23940765

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Sheldon Spencer
Thursday Jul 12th, 2012 2:36 PM
Thousands of assault rivers, pimps, hardened criminals, crystal meth, etc on the streets and this is what Feds focus on?! Sorry this is bullshit. President Obama is also to blame coming out supporting medical cannabis then ignoring the issue (like now).
by reader
Thursday Jul 12th, 2012 7:26 PM
Send a message, register Green Party or Peace & Freedom, get away from the Dem/Rethug football game destroying this country.

And sign up for Harborside's email list.
by Tom
Friday Jul 13th, 2012 9:18 AM
What was that in the President's campaign speeches about making chronically ill herbal medicine users the lowest federal law-enforcement priority?

This really burns me up. Would the federal government rather that its citizens live with chronic pain, debilitating nausea, near-blindness, brain tumors, etc., than be allowed to purchase the affordable and effective medicine that grows everywhere and is easily available to them? Would it rather that severely ill and elderly patients have to turn to crime?

The Federal Government itself knows that cannabinoids are effective to fight brain cancer: that's why the government patented them! See: "United States Patent No. 6,630,507, October 7, 2003: "Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants". Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC)" (You can search the number in federal databases at http://patft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm)

Full coverage at: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/07/13/4628158/federal-crackdown-targets-oakland.html

by reader
Friday Jul 13th, 2012 1:56 PM
Fool you once . . .

Don't get fooled. Register Green Party or Peace & Freedom.

by Dan
Saturday Jul 14th, 2012 3:58 PM
...the key word is "users". Obama never said he wouldn't go after the large scale suppliers of medical marijuana. All he promised was that the Feds would not pursue patients. And they've lived up to that commitment. As far as I know no patient has faced federal charges. And no patient growing their own supply not for distribution to others has been charged with a federal crime.
by Mitchell Colbert
Monday Jul 30th, 2012 2:45 PM
If you support Harborside please sign their petition online. Go to http://saveharborside.org/, there is a link to the petition on the top right of the main page. You can also view videos and read about what has been going on.

They need all the help they can get in the face of massive federal pressure. The Feds have been abusing their power for too long, trampling on State's rights, they have seriously crossed a line here coming after a collective that is fully following state law.