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December 27, 2012 | 11:28 am

Timeline: A History of Marijuana in California and the U.S.

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Last Friday Mendocino County announced it was fighting federal grand jury subpoenas demanding that four county officials hand over all documents related to its now-abandoned medical marijuana permitting program. The legal action came even after the county had effectively gutted the program in response to a threat of litigation from the U.S. Attorney’s office for […]

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Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana: Oakland Fights Back, Mendocino County Still Deciding

December 19, 2012 | 3:15 pm

Federal Crackdown on Medical Marijuana: Oakland Fights Back, Mendocino County Still Deciding

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Last week on ABC News’ 20/20, Barbara Walters asked President Obama if he thought marijuana should be legalized. “I wouldn’t go that far,” Obama said. “But what I think is that at this point, Washington and Colorado, you’ve seen the voters speak on this issue. And as it is, the federal goverment has a lot […]

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October 17, 2012 | 12:59 pm

Mendocino Deputy Sheriff’s Family in Pot Farming Investigation

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Federal agents are investigating the family of a Mendocino sheriff’s captain in connection with a marijuana farm, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports. Officials on Thursday served a search warrant on property near Highway 20 in Potter Valley where agents reportedly found more than 500 marijuana plants. The property is owned by and is the […]

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Here’s How Oakland Thinks it Can Stop The U.S. From Shutting Pot Dispensaries

October 11, 2012 | 4:41 pm

Here’s How Oakland Thinks it Can Stop The U.S. From Shutting Pot Dispensaries

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In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the cash-poor city of Oakland is trying to make the mighty United States of America stop enforcing its laws against the sale of marijuana. We wondered on what basis the city expects to prevail. The answer comes from the legal concept estoppel, which in plain English means something like “a […]

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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‚Äôs 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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