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October 11, 2012 | 8:32 am

A.M. Splash: Oakland Sues U.S. Over Marijuana; Calif. Leads U.S. in Foreclosure Drop; Suit Filed Against Central Subway; Gas Prices Drop

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Oakland sues feds over pot dispensary (SF Chronicle) The city of Oakland took the unusual step Wednesday of filing a suit in an attempt to stop the federal government from seizing and closing down one of the largest medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Attorneys for Harborside Health Center said the suit against the federal […]

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New Book Discounts Theory of Marijuana as Top US Cash Crop

August 14, 2012 | 10:48 am

New Book Discounts Theory of Marijuana as Top US Cash Crop

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by Michael Montgomery, California Watch For years, legalization advocates have argued that marijuana is America’s leading cash crop, outranking corn, wheat, soy and a host of other heartland staples produced on an industrial scale. Bringing pot production above ground, the argument goes, could produce a $30 billion tax bonanza for cash-strapped governments and a huge […]

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Harborside’s Steve DeAngelo on Medical Marijuana Crackdown: ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’

July 13, 2012 | 5:59 pm

Harborside’s Steve DeAngelo on Medical Marijuana Crackdown: ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’

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It may not yet be time to call U.S. Attorney for Northern California Melinda Haag’s enforcement actions against pot facilities over the past four months a “war on medical marijuana,” but she certainly took hostilities to a new level this week by filing civil forfeiture complaints against the landlords of the Harborside dispensaries in Oakland […]

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Feds’ Action Against Harborside Suggests Broader Pot Crackdown

July 12, 2012 | 1:53 pm

Feds’ Action Against Harborside Suggests Broader Pot Crackdown

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Where will it end? In March, a U.S. attorney told KQED that the federal crackdown on pot dispensaries would focus on establishments near places that children gather: schools, parks and playgrounds. But Harborside Health Center’s facilities in Oakland and San Jose don’t fall into that category. So when federal authorities announced on Wednesday that they […]

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Feds Threaten to Seize Harborside Pot Dispensary

July 11, 2012 | 2:04 pm

Feds Threaten to Seize Harborside Pot Dispensary

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Oakland medical marijuana dispensary that’s been billed as the largest pot shop on the planet is being targeted for closure by federal prosecutors in Northern California. Harborside Health Center spokeswoman Gaynell Rogers said U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag’s office has threatened to seize the property where the popular dispensary has operated […]

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Calif. Court Strikes Down LA County’s Pot Shop Ban

July 3, 2012 | 1:24 pm

Calif. Court Strikes Down LA County’s Pot Shop Ban

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court has struck down Los Angeles County’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that because the state’s medical marijuana laws authorize cooperatives and collectives to grow, store and distribute pot, a lower court judge erred when she cited the 2010 ban […]

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Finances of Top Pot Club Revealed in Document

June 20, 2012 | 10:23 am

Finances of Top Pot Club Revealed in Document

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by Michael Montgomery and David Downs, California Watch At the peak of California’s pot boom in 2009, one of the state’s largest medical marijuana dispensaries recorded more than $15 million in sales to thousands of customers for popular strains like Grand Daddy Purple, OG Kush and Blue Dream. What it didn’t record was much profit. […]

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Beyond the Bubble: Suit Claiming That Closure of Pot Dispensaries Violates Disabilities Act is Dismissed

May 22, 2012 | 11:30 am

Beyond the Bubble: Suit Claiming That Closure of Pot Dispensaries Violates Disabilities Act is Dismissed

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Rachael Myrow here, host of the California Report, with an AM post from somewhere else in California. We’re in this Golden State together. Right? A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by disabled medical marijuana users against Costa Mesa and […]

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Pelosi Has ‘Strong Concerns’ About Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana; Read Statement

May 3, 2012 | 11:48 am

Pelosi Has ‘Strong Concerns’ About Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana; Read Statement

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Nancy Pelosi has weighed in on the recent federal crackdown on the medical marijuana industry in California. Her statement, released yesterday… San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in response to recent federal government actions threatening safe access to medicinal marijuana for those who are seriously ill or enduring difficult […]

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Berkeley Pot Dispensary Biggest Casualty of Crackdown

May 1, 2012 | 8:06 am

Berkeley Pot Dispensary Biggest Casualty of Crackdown

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by David Downs and Michael Montgomery, California Watch With its only retail outlet due to close Monday, Berkeley Patients Group is set to become the biggest casualty so far in a bold and controversial legal offensive by federal prosecutors against California’s pot industry. The group sent an e-mail to customers earlier today announcing the pending […]

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