The Northern California US Attorney is moving forward with trying to prosecute Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensaries despite objections from local government officials and others.
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag on Friday served pot shop Berkeley Patients Group with a lawsuit that attempts to seize the property and ultimately shut the business. Berkeley officials say the dispensary provides significant benefits to the community.
“BPG has served as a national model of the not-for-profit, services-based medical cannabis dispensary,” Berkeley City Council member Darryl Moore said in a resolution opposing the lawsuit. “They have improved the lives and assisted the end-of-life transitions of thousands of patients; been significant donors to dozens of other organizations in our city; [and] shaped local, state and national policies around medical cannabis.”
At a news conference on the steps of the City Council chambers, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said the suit and others like it should stop.
“I think it’s time for the federal government, the president and the attorney general to wake up and stop these kinds of actions,” Bates said. “Here is a group of people who have played by the rules and have had no problems in the city with the way they or their patients conduct themselves.”
Councilmen Laurie Capitelli echoed Bates by saying the federal government “needs to find something better to do than harass local law-abiding businesses.”
No why would this US Attorney continue with this when there is so much opposition. It just goes to show that it is now time that the Federal Government steps up to the plate and take a lead in enforcing the will of the people. Duly elected officials have created and passed these laws, the Federal government should be supporting them, not undermining their authority.
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