The U.S. Attorney office has recently made an announcement about a case dismissed against Harborside Health Center, which is one of the country’s biggest dispensaries. This fact represents a significant step forward for the rights concerning medical marijuana. Harborside is no longer facing the threat of forfeiture actions that emerged in 2012. Patients with chronic pain now have a suitable way of getting their medical marijuana, and the center does not have to worry about an oncoming raid.
The government’s announcement about a case dismissed against Harborside is the result of the October ruling from the Californian federal judge who ruled that the federal government did not have the right to interfere with the operations of medical cannabis organizations operating within the state law.
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice headed by Attorney Melinda Haag started a series of property forfeiture actions against dispensaries in California. During this period, Oakland city cooperated with Harborside and sued U.S. Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California in order to prevent the federal government from closing the dispensary. These actions helped Harborside stay open until the appeal could be heard.
Harborside representatives are going to join Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan to announce that the Harborside Health Center case has been dismissed. Rebecca Kaplan said that she was pleased with the dispensary’s ability to provide safe facilities that positively contribute to the surrounding community. Harborside continues to play a major role in Oakland—for its patients, employees, and for the public services that are assisted by their tax revenue.