Letter to my Congresscritters

Me complaining about pot dispensary harassment

Dear Sens. Feinstein and Boxer, and Rep. Stark:

As a properly authorized and registered California Medical Cannabis Patient, I have become increasingly concerned with what appears to be the Justice Department’s and Drug Enforcement Administration's harassment of legitimate, licensed, medical cannabis dispensaries in California.

In May, Berkeley Patients Group was evicted from their location in Berkeley, the property owner apparently succumbing to pressure from his financial institution. As of July 1, Harborside Health Center is being denied the ability to accept credit cards; they are just the latest of several dispensaries in the area that are being harassed in this manner. In both cases, based on what I’ve been able to learn, the financial institutions are being pressured by threats emanating from the Federal Government.

This tactic seems underhanded at best; they can’t shut them down, so let’s make it as difficult for them to do business as we can. And as it could be considered fostering “combination in restraint of trade”, it might even, very possibly, perhaps, be illegal.

I would think they have better things to do. Please tell them to stop.

Thank you very much for your attention. Happy 4th of July.

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Jeff Mark July 12, 2012 at 07:13 PM
This weekend, Harborside's landlord was presented with a Federal complaint threatening property forfeiture if Harborside doesn't vacate. http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2012/07/12/oakland-councilperson-responds-harborside-health-center-targeting-feds Frankly, I think the fight, or at least more fight, needs to come from the property owners. Do y'all like being used by the Federal Government in their Mafia-like, jackbooted tactics? Stand up for your property rights, for heaven's sake!


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