Oakland tackles fed marijuana busters
October 11, 2012
While community leaders in this county exploit every possible method to shutter medical marijuana dispensaries and delivery systems, the city of Oakland is setting legal precedent by suing federal pot enforcers for their aggressive repression. (San Francisco Chronicle)
The action centers around a raid in July of the Harborside Health Center, one of the largest dispensary outlets in the state.
It appears to be the first time a city has sided with a marijuana dispensary in legal action against the federal government.
Federal drug cops have vigorously stepped up their efforts during the Obama administration despite promises to the contrary.
Oakland officials said they constructed a regulatory scheme in compliance with federal law but their efforts were ignored. The case is being handled pro bono by the law firm Morrison & Foerster. There has been no response yet by federal authorities to the lawsuit’s filing.