Oakland Continues to Fight the Feds for Medical Marijuana

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The City of Oakland filed an appeal earlier this week in an effort to prevent the federal government from closing down the Harborside Health Center.

Oakland has legally contended the U.S. Attorney's Office since their decision last year to seize the building containing Harborside, which is considered to be conducting an illegal drug business under federal law.

This news comes in a statement from Oakland's pro bono trial team Morrison & Foerster.

“The government’s position that Oakland can be barred from court is unjust and absurd. That is not what Congress intended, nor what the Supreme Court holds. Access to the courts is fundamental to the ‘rule of law,'" said Cedric Chao, litigation partner for MoFo.

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The City's lawsuit, filed last October, does not seek any damages, just that the seizure of Harborside be declared unlawful.

"This lawsuit is about protecting the rights of legitimate medical patients,” City Attorney Barbara Parker said in a statement back on October. “I am deeply dismayed that the federal government would seek to deny these rights and deprive thousands of seriously ill Californians of access to safe, affordable and effective medicine. In the midst of Oakland’s public safety crisis, it is a tragic waste for the federal government to spend its time and resources cracking down on health care providers operating under California law.”

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