by David Downs
From HarborsideHealth's YouTube channel on January 26: "The whimsical political satire, THE HAAG, was first performed as a live play at the July 23rd demonstration in front of Oakland City Hall, Calif., protesting federal actions against the state's medical marijuana dispensaries. For the last several years, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern California District, Melinda Haag, has been waging a brutal offensive against medical cannabis patients and the dispensaries in which they go for their medicine. This offensive has closed hundreds of state-legal, locally compliant dispensaries in Northern California and has threatened others like Harborside Health Center. Oaksterdam University in Oakland, Calif., was raided April 2, 2012, by DEA and IRS agents.
THE HAAG is meant to be a humorous meditation on a very serious subject. Originally conceived by activist-attorney James Anthony and inspired by Dr. Seuss, THE HAAG was written and drawn by Goose Duarte, a.k.a., "Dr. Geuss." This animated version of THE HAAG was directed by Richard Parks, narrated by Andrew DeAngelo, and produced by Steve DeAngelo and Harborside Health Center."