civil forfeiture

In major victory, Harborside civil forfeiture case dropped

May 3, 2016 · Updated September 3, 2021

A California medical marijuana dispensary has won a landmark legal case that at one point had threatened the MJ industry’s very future. Harborside Health Center in Oakland, once in danger of being shuttered by the U.S. Attorney’s office, announced today federal prosecutors have dropped their case brought against the dispensary four years ago. The dismissal […]

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Week in Review: Feds Retreat on Forfeiture Cases + Seattle Welcomes Cannabis Businesses (Sort Of)

October 11, 2013 · Updated August 6, 2020

By Chris Walsh Last fall, the fear of finding a piece of paper in the mail featuring the words “civil forfeiture” and “asset seizure” kept dispensary owners and their landlords up at night. Fast-forward a year, and few MMJ professionals are losing shuteye over the issue. Once the federal government’s primary tool for cracking down […]

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Weekly Wrapup: Is the Crackdown on Medical Cannabis Businesses Ending?

January 14, 2013 · Updated September 18, 2019

During the first half of last year, the federal crackdown on medical marijuana businesses hit its apex. More than 500 dispensaries in several states closed after their landlords received civil forfeiture notices. Federal agents raided the well-known cannabis school Oaksterdam University. Major credit card companies shut out the industry because of government pressure. And a […]

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CA Dispensary Harborside Prevails Again in Court, Eroding Feds’ MMJ Crackdown Strategy

January 8, 2013 · Updated January 9, 2013

Score another one for Harborside Health Center – and possibly the entire medical marijuana industry. A federal judge in California has ruled that the landlords of Harborside’s buildings in San Jose and Oakland cannot force the dispensary to stop selling marijuana despite federal threats to seize the properties. Chief Federal Magistrate Maria-Elena James also rejected […]

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Big Win for Dispensaries: Judge Tosses Landlord’s Eviction Case Against Harborside Health Center

December 3, 2012 · Updated December 4, 2012

Prominent California dispensary Harborside Health Center has scored an important victory not only for its business but also for the MMJ industry as a whole. A judge ruled that Anne Chretien – the landlord of Harborside’s Oakland operation – cannot evict the dispensary despite receiving a civil forfeiture notice from the federal government. Judge Evelio […]

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DeAngelo: Nov. 1 ‘Critical’ Date for CA Dispensary Harborside Health, Cannabis Industry

October 26, 2012 · Updated September 18, 2019

A battle between the federal government and the nation’s largest medical marijuana dispensary will intensify next week, and the outcome could have a significant impact on the cannabis industry going forward. On Thursday, a federal judge will hear arguments tied to the potential eviction of Harborside Health Center from its San Jose building. Harborside Executive […]

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Feds Order 23 Washington Cannabis Dispensaries Located Near Schools, Playgrounds to Close

August 24, 2012 · Updated August 27, 2012

Nearly two dozen medical marijuana centers in Washington State have been ordered to shut down because they are located within 1,000 feet of areas where children congregate, representing the latest front in the federal government’s war on the cannabis industry. The Drug Enforcement Agency sent letters to the dispensaries warning that the owners and/or their […]

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