Federal authorities, in their ongoing campaign against California’s legal cannabis corps, are now trying to shut down Harborside Health Center — America’s largest and most famous medical marijuana dispensary.
As detailed by the Los Angeles Times, the feds filed complaints for forfeiture of properties in Oakland and San Jose, where Harborside — the subject of Weed Wars — has set up shop. What this means: if Harborside’s landlords don’t give the businesses the boot, law enforcement officials might confiscate the landlords’ property.
Harborside was founded in 2006 by Steve DeAngelo, a medical marijuana advocate.
Unlike other prescription potpreneurs — who tend to keep a low profile — he has often taken a vocal position against the federal government’s drug policies.
DeAngelo told the Times in an interview Wednesday that he will fight the Justice Department’s decisions “openly and in public” and push back against his landlords if they try to evict him.
As we have reported before, this isn’t the first time the federal government has gone after pot shops’ properties or financials — including cash and land confiscations and targeting dispensaries’ bank accounts.