Feds Targeting Harborside Health Center

 by lucy

The Justice Department has moved to shut down Harborside Health Center in San Jose and Oakland by filing papers to seize both properties where Harborside Health operates its dispensaries.

On Tuesday, July 10th, copies of the federal complaint for forfeiture were taped to the the front doors of both dispensaries and alleged that they were “operating in violation of federal law.”

Harborside Health Center (HHC) was co-founded by activist Steve DeAngelo and is thought to be the most high profile medical marijuana dispensary operation in the state. HHC was even the subject of the reality show “Weed Wars” last year.

DeAngelo said Wednesday that he would fight the actions taken by the Justice Department “openly and in public” and said he would strongly resist any attempt of landlords to evict HHC after receiving the Federal complaint.

Last month, Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee that his federal agents were only targeting large-scale growers and dispensaries. In her statement released Wednesday, U.S. attorney for Northern California, Melinda Haag, suggested that “superstores such as Harborside” fit that bill. She went on to say that, “the larger the operation, the greater the likelihood that there will be abuse of the state’s medical marijuana laws.”

Harborside Health Center has often been lauded as the model for compliance. Activists point to the fact that HHC’s main facility in Oakland not only is permitted but complies with the strict regulations of the city. Nandy Nadel of the Oakland City Council and vice mayor said in a statement, “It is most unjust to our citizen patients and distributors who have followed local guidelines to be harassed and treated as criminals by federal officials.”


15 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    jibsnmoney said on Jul 16, 2012

    Damn good luck harborside

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    alpha said on Jul 16, 2012

    I would think the smaller disp would be the ones less compliant
    Just the Feds pulling strings in local government when they said they wouldnt get in the states area-what's worse to have legal weed and lose or never to have legality. At all?

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    BA said on Jul 16, 2012

    Hey feds, read the constitution. Particularly the 10th Amendment…ya know the one that protects the rights of the states

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    checkspell said on Jul 16, 2012

    stop thinking its what they say it is. its not compliance issues, its greed. they have big pharma lobbying them, and hhc has weed wars in everyones face. this is big pharma pushing back. when we decide to take a stand against their terrorist raids and defend what is ours, only then will there be the change we all demand but seem to fall short of fighting for.

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    killacoldhearted said on Jul 16, 2012

    Fuck that its time to fight back America!!

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    coldfire said on Jul 17, 2012

    100 + employees lose their jobs too. not fucking cool melinda haag.

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    Kush_Gamer said on Jul 17, 2012

    Thy follow all the laws etc. But when thy get big there ripe for the picking. So fucked up.

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    KingEerl said on Jul 17, 2012

    Why did they allow them to operate for so long if they were doing something wrong the whole time? Two faced fucks the feds are. They say the states can monitor MMJ and now it's antichrist Obama leading them into the dispensaries to shut down what he feels is a hub for illegal pot when he doesnt know jack shit sitting back in DC kickin it watching the country fall apart, and he pulls this shit by using tax payers money to go take time to investigate a dispensary when there are far worse things Obama could be fixing. Not to mention his prior pot use where some sources claim he smoked it very frequently in his teens. Obama is just blowing off time before his ass gets the boot. Shittiest president to ever live by far maybe the worst American to live as well. Is he even American anyways? Why are we listening to a president who has no say in this country.IMPEACH his ass and then we can have our pot in Cali the way it should be. Droppin bombs on my nail for Harborside keep your head up keep doing the right thing Steve. It's time to come out of the darkness and be heard.

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    dayzaway99 said on Jul 18, 2012

    Its okay california doesn't need the rest of the country to be succesful but the country needs us since california is the number 7 largest economy in the world. If it came down to it we can succeed from the nation and handle our own laws and business. Nominate Ron Paul as our president and say fuck off to the rest of the country that relies on us for business revenue and tax dollars. Hey Fuck off USA, this is the california bear republic and we don't need obama and his federal agent cock suckers

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    Elvers said on Jul 18, 2012

    you guy's use your head don't loose it. a vote for Ron Paul will give it to Romney. you rely don't want that to happen cause you know what Romney will do to us. I hate to be the one to say it keep Obama in at least we will have a chance to have or pot than not.

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    UNCLELEMUR said on Jul 18, 2012

    What I don't see, fail to understand and even comprehend is why our Nation's Capitol has dispensary's open and the US government has the Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) program for medical marijuana and they are targeting lawful state dispensary's. How fucken hypocritical is that! I mean if it's allowed in our nation's capitol shouldn't that at least say that the states should be able to do what their laws have proclaimed as state law? This plant has so many ramifications of how it is a necessity for medical use, textile use, energy use, and just monetarily making this once great nation great again. Fuck get with the times open your eyes and see the reality. Stop spending tax dollars on a harmless plant! That money can go elsewhere, taking care of the elderly, feeding the homeless, providing shelter for the indigent, community gardens, just can be better used elsewhere. Stop warring with the citizens and states on how they voted, because law is law and if a state passes that law let them be. Take care of all the crooks and criminals, not the patients. I don't know that's just my opinion.

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    phc420 said on Jul 18, 2012

    the mayor got them!

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