Best Lightning Rod for Marijuana Reform

Harborside Health Center

The world’s largest medical cannabis dispensary can’t also be the quietest. Quite the contrary, Harborside Health Center has turned cannabis dealing’s most dangerous liability — publicity — into a chief asset. Harborside’s army of tens of thousands of patients and allies has ensured its existence as the dispensary fights federal asset forfeiture proceedings. Founder Stephen DeAngelo has turned his persecution into an emblem of the injustice of federal overreach on medical marijuana. The policies and practices Harborside has championed have become the regulations of newly legal recreational states and medical marijuana cities, such as San Jose. As the Drug War winds down, Harborside isn’t relenting. It’s reloading and taking the fight to Washington, DC — lobbying to end tax discrimination against lawful cannabis businesses.

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