Thursday, December 20, 2012
Oakland Joins Medical Cannabis Lawsuit Against Feds
Lawyers for the City of Oakland and the federal government are facing off in a trial over a medical marijuana dispensary threatened by the federal government. Oakland’s city attorneys went to court Thursday, trying to block a federal move to shut down the largest medical cannabis program in the nation. The federal government is threatening to seize the property leased by the dispensary, known as Harborside Health Center. The City of Oakland is arguing the federal action threatens to “work a serious injustice on the residents of Oakland, who overwhelmingly support regulation of medical cannabis in their city.” Christopher Martinez reports.