The city of Oakland, California has filed a lawsuit to stop federal authorities from shutting down Harborside Health Center. The suit names US Attorney Melinda Haag and Attorney General Eric Holder.
The lawsuit was filed in US District Court by Oakland’s City Attorney Barbara Parker. In it, the city seeks an injunction to stop efforts from federal prosecutors to shut down the medical marijuana collective through civil forfeiture actions they filed in June against Harborside’s Oakland and San Jose locations.
City Attorney Parker released a statement explaining, “This lawsuit is about protecting the rights of legitimate medical patients. 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.”
City officials are not seeking damages in the case. They simply want Harborside, one of the most prominent medical marijuana dispensaries in California, to be able to remain open and help patients.