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The city of Oakland, CA filed a complaint in United States District Court Wednesday in an attempt to stop the feds from shutting down Harborside Health Center - the state's largest medical marijuana dispensary.
The dispensary is legal by Oakland and state standards, but the feds are nonetheless trying to seize the building that houses it. The city seeks to stop the attacks from the feds against the second-largest retailer in the city.
"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."
"This lawsuit is about protecting the rights of legitimate medical patients," City Attorney Barbara Parker said in a statement released today. "I am deeply dismayed that the federal government would seek to deny these rights and deprive thousands of seriously ill Californians of access to safe, affordable and effective medicine."
Many are dismayed at the inexplicable attacks from the federal government against the medical supply of tens of thousands of patients in states like California, Colorado, Montana and Washington. And the fact that the attacks are coming from a “progressive” Democrat administration makes the whole thing even more bizarre.
But politics is ruled by money, and there is a lot of money in marijuana prohibition and there are many powerful people who want to see prohibition continue. And so it does.
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