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Federal Judge Says #1 Marijuana Dispensary Can Stay Open

Posted on  January 22, 2013 by  News Admin

 Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James on Monday ruled in favor of Harborside Health Center, which describes itself as the biggest nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary in the United States, and denied motions by Harborside's landlords asking the court to order an immediate halt to the sales of medicinal cannabis at their properties. Judge James also declined to grant a motion from the City of Oakland to immediately halt the federal government's legal efforts to close Harborside, but scheduled a hearing later this month to hear more arguments in the City of Oakland's lawsuit against the Feds in a 17-page opinion [PDF] described by Harborside as "highly significant." "We are grateful that Judge James carefully considered the facts and arguments in the Harborside case, and decided to grant us our day in court," said Harborside Health Center Executive Director Steve DeAngelo. "We have always believed that a Bay Area jury will recognize the value that Harborside brings to the community, and refuse to allow the federal government to seize the properties where we are located. "We look forward to proving our case in front of a jury, and continue to believe we will prevail," DeAngelo said. "In the meantime, we ask the Department of Justice to immediately freeze enforcement actions against Harborside and any other cannabis providers acting in full compliance with state law. "Our nation's law enforcement officers should concentrate on real crime," DeAngelo said. In addition, the court found that entering injunctions against Harborside would not be an appropriate means...

Federal Judge Says #1 Marijuana Dispensary Can Stay Open

Posted on  January 09, 2013 by  News Admin

 Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James on Monday ruled in favor of Harborside Health Center, which describes itself as the biggest nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary in the United States, and denied motions by Harborside's landlords asking the court to order an immediate halt to the sales of medicinal cannabis at their properties. Judge James also declined to grant a motion from the City of Oakland to immediately halt the federal government's legal efforts to close Harborside, but scheduled a hearing later this month to hear more arguments in the City of Oakland's lawsuit against the Feds in a 17-page opinion [PDF] described by Harborside as "highly significant." "We are grateful that Judge James carefully considered the facts and arguments in the Harborside case, and decided to grant us our day in court," said Harborside Health Center Executive Director Steve DeAngelo. "We have always believed that a Bay Area jury will recognize the value that Harborside brings to the community, and refuse to allow the federal government to seize the properties where we are located. "We look forward to proving our case in front of a jury, and continue to believe we will prevail," DeAngelo said. "In the meantime, we ask the Department of Justice to immediately freeze enforcement actions against Harborside and any other cannabis providers acting in full compliance with state law. "Our nation's law enforcement officers should concentrate on real crime," DeAngelo said. In addition, the court found that entering injunctions against Harborside would not be an appropriate means...