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Oakland Renews Bid to Block Seizure of Marijuana Store

March 01, 2013

Oakland, California, is appealing the dismissal of its lawsuit against the Obama administration over its right to permit medical marijuana clubs while asking a judge to halt forfeiture proceedings against a local dispensary.

The city filed a notice yesterday that it will seek review of the case by the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco. U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James ruled Feb. 14 that she doesn’t have jurisdiction over Oakland’s lawsuit challenging federal actions against Harborside Health Center, which sells 70 types of marijuana, makes $20 million a year and offers home delivery.

Oakland sued the federal government after U.S. prosecutors filed a forfeiture case to seize property housing Harborside. Prosecutors called the center a “superstore” serving 100,000 customers in violation of federal drug laws.

The case is City of Oakland v. Holder, 12-05245, U.S. district Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

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