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Oakland Loses Its Legal Appeal To Keep Prominent Medical Marijuana Dispensary Open

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harborside health center medical marijuanaThe federal government has been trying to shut down America’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, Harborside Health Center. The City of Oakland, where Harborside is located, has been trying to fight the federal government on Harborside’s behalf. This week the California Court of Appeals ruled against the City of Oakland. Per Reuters:

A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked efforts by the city of Oakland, California, to stop a U.S. government lawsuit aimed at closing down the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the country.

The three-judge panel for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a written opinion that the city has standing to intervene in the civil forfeiture suit against Harborside Health Center, because its closure would cost the city tax revenue.

The judges said, however, that the U.S. government has the discretion to pursue its legal action under the law.

We will have to wait and see as to what the City of Oakland wants to do next. Steve DeAngelo, the head of Harborside Health Center, stated later in the article that they have no intention of closing their doors. He also stated that he feels the changing political attitudes in America make this case pointless to pursue. I have a lot of respect for Steve DeAngelo, and everything he has done to fight for social justice. Harborside has already outlasted Melinda Haag, and I’m confident that Steve’s wishes that the case be dismissed will become a reality.

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  1. Cannabis is the most useful plant on the planet. Food, clothing, shelter, energy, medicine, insight, re-creation. Any law against it is a crime against humanity

  2. Its long past time to call this kind of thing what it is — a cold hearted attack on the most fundamental rights of sick and dying Americans.
    We live in a world where pill mills hand out Oxycontin to young people like it was candy, and its led to a national Heroin epidemic, while at the same time, physicians in 27 states are prohibited from prescribing Medical Marijuana which is incredibly safe and physically impossible to overdose on.
    We are in the midst of a major humanitarian crisis.
    The President needs to take action to correct this horrible situation immediately.
    Countless American lives, especially the lives of American children, depend on it!

  3. I’m not confusing anything. For many Americans Medical Marijuana is a matter of life and death. 82% of American Oncologists want their patients to be able to use Medical Marijuana but In 27 states, Americans with Cancer are forced to buy their medication on the black market — like something out of the old Soviet Union. In those same 27 states, American children with Dravet’s are dying — needlessly, because the kind of Medical Marijuana they need, high in CBD, isn’t available at all — even on the black market. This isn’t the old Soviet Union. This is AMERICA, and the current situation is a national disgrace.

  4. Your confusing things…insulin, antibiotics, and anti-retrovirals have no psychotropic value…they are only medicines

    Or are people going to lie about their “medical” conditions to get insulin?

  5. Each congress member is supported by a majority vote in their district…most of their opinions are a reflection of those majority voters- too much soo actually.

    Its the population dummy

  6. Its pretty greedy to expect other people to work and give you the products of their work for free or cheap when you could technically do it your self…

    (5) All usable marijuana, plants, seedlings and seeds associated with the production of marijuana for a registry identification cardholder by a person responsible for a marijuana grow site are the property of the registry identification cardholder and must be provided to the registry identification
    cardholder, or, if the marijuana is usable marijuana or an immature marijuana plant, transferred to a medical marijuana facility registered under ORS

    (7)
    A registry identification cardholder or the designated primary caregiver of the cardholder may reimburse the person responsible for a marijuana grow site for the costs of supplies and utilities associated with the production of marijuana
    for the registry identification cardholder. No other costs associated with the production of marijuana for the registry identification cardholder, including the cost of labor, may be reimbursed.

    And yet people manufacturing Aspirin aren’t forced by law to give non-working people free aspirin or defer property rights to non-contributing/working people either.

    Cali law is the same…these people are all “charities” not turning a profit.. ya, they keep it 100.lol

  7. Fat Cats got impatient and couldn’t wait for the laws to allow them to get fat like the other fat cats.

  8. That was meant to defund the war on weed.
    Equitable sharing is another form of funding. Yep they they take whatever they want from cash to dildos.
    The one thing that bill did was to show how disconnected congress Is when it comes to cannabis.
    This country is slowly moving away from treating drugs like a criminal problem instead of a health issue.
    Now that M hag and M lentard
    Are stepping down maybe they will drop case.
    San Diego went through this for years
    Wack a mole

  9. Serves Steve right. That douchebag was a greedy fuck who was against legalization and felt that MMJ was okay but not full on legalization. But after so much backlash from the MJ community, he has softened his opposition. Karma can be a motherfucker sometimes. Steve DeAngelo meet Karma.

  10. Aren’t federal agencies prohibited from spending federal funds on prosecuting businesses that are in compliance with state laws that allow medical marijuana? How can this be happening?

  11. This is a horrifying outrage. To understand how bad it is, substitute the words “Insulin”, “antibiotic” or “anti-retroviral” for “Marijuana”
    Medical Marijuana is a life saving medicine for a wide range of conditions. It is as morally indefensible to deny Medical Marijuana to Americans who need it as it would be to deny Insulin, antibiotics or anti-retrovirals to Americans who need them. Its morally indefensible, completely and totally unacceptable, and the President needs to take personal action to correct this situation immediately.