Thousands of Patients Threatened to Lose Safe Access

Steve Deangelo sits in a white chair in his bowler cap as he talks to a crowd about California's medical marijuana laws.

July 12, 2012 – Oakland, California – The federal assault on protected entry for medical hashish sufferers continues. Yesterday morning, taped to the entrance doorways of the nation’s mannequin medical hashish dispensary, Harborside Health Center in Oakland and San Jose, was an official ‘Complaint for Forfeiture of Property.’ The grievance is signed by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Assistant U.S. Attorney Arvan Perteet, and DEA Agent David White, filed on July 6, 2012, within the District Court San Francisco Division and acquired by the courtroom on Sunday, July 9. The grievance seeks forfeiture of actual property and enhancements on the grounds that hashish is being distributed on the premises, in violation of federal regulation.

This newest federal motion to seize property flies within the face of guarantees made by Haag to solely goal dispensaries lower than 1000 ft from a faculty, and up to date statements from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who said that solely these dispensaries out of compliance with state regulation can be topic to Federal enforcement actions. Harborside Health Center is neither shut to a faculty, nor out of compliance with state regulation. The location at 1840 Embarcadero is greater than 1000 ft from the closest faculty, and Harborside is widely known as probably the most legally compliant dispensary within the state, and famend nationwide.

“Harborside has nothing to hide or be ashamed of,” stated 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 individuals, and is Oakland’s second largest retail tax payer. Last yr, HHC paid mixed taxes in extra of $three million, over one million dollars of which went instantly to the City of Oakland.

Should Harborside be pressured to shut:

– Our 100,000 sufferers will return to the unlawful market
– Street drug gross sales and regulation enforcement prices will each rise
– Over $three,000,000 in tax income can be destroyed
– Our greater than 100 present staff will develop into 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,” stated DeAngelo.

 

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