One month ago, Eric Holder testified
before Congress that the Dept. of Justice is only targeting medical
marijuana businesses that violate their state's laws. Anyone who didn't realize
it was a lie should be getting the message right about now.
The federal government is moving to shut down the
nation's largest and highest-profile medical
marijuana dispensary operation, filing papers to seize properties in Oakland
and San Jose where Harborside Health Center does business.
Copies of the federal Complaint for Forfeiture were
taped to the front doors of the two dispensaries Tuesday, alleging that they
were "operating in violation of federal law."
Medical marijuana advocates, as well as some state and
local officials, decried the action, saying it hurts patients in legitimate need
of the drug and breaks repeated promises by President
Department that it was targeting only operations near schools and parks or
otherwise in violation of the state's laws. [LA
They're not even pretending it's
about state law anymore. Harborside has a permit from the City of Oakland and
pays millions in taxes to the state of California. They've been covered
extensively in the press, and featured on the Discovery Channel program "Weed
Wars". Everyone knows exactly what goes on inside Harborside because we've seen
it with our own eyes: they provide high-quality medical cannabis and other
services to qualified patients. This is the definition of a legal and