City of Oakland Loses Lawsuit Against Department of Justice; Harborside Forfeiture Case Proceeds

Major Oakland medical marijuana dispensary Harborside Health Center will have to battle federal forfeiture attempts — without the City of Oakland in the ring with them.

Yesterday, reports indicate Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James granted a motion by the U.S. government to dismiss a lawsuit filed by City of Oakland against Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Oakland’s suit sought to prevent Haag from attempting to close Harborside Health Center, arguably the world’s largest dispensary, with about 100,000 members.

Ms. Haag filed suit in July to seize Harborside’s leased building at 1840 Embarcadero with the goal of shutting the club down. The actions come as part of a 16 month-long federal/state pot crackdown which has closed scores of legal, well-regulated dispensaries in the Bay Area.

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