Earlier in March of 2012, the Feds raided Jim Lee's outlets in Oakland, serving warrants on his home, his Oaksterdam University and two of his retail medical marijuana outlets. They are threatening to take over his land as well.
Meanwhile, Various cities such as Concord have banned outdoor marijuana grows, and other cities are raiding legal medical marijuana outlets statewide, including here in San Jose where over 100 are still open for business.
In May, 2013, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates criticized U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag for harassing the Berkeley Patients Group. The popular, State-legal medical cannabis dispensary in Berkeley faces federal forfeiture efforts from Haag yet again, leading to a press conference where town leaders defended the Better Business Bureau member and criticized the female U.S. Attorney for trampling on City business codes and State's Rights.
Meanwhile, some counties in California (NOT Mendocino) are still cooperating with the Feds to bust State-legal grows, sharing intelligence and manpower. Law enforcement officials are still taking over bank accounts of small California pot growers. Small California growers are still being harassed by State and County police in helicopters, who confiscate legal plants and illegally use live Satellite imaging to spy on suspected growers. The war is not over, and the good guys and bad guys have become so blurred, nobody can see clearly: certainly not Haag.
Haag's statement, with my commentary: “The marijuana industry has caused significant public health and safety problems (such as? -DD) in rural communities, urban centers and schools in the Northern District of California (aren't all schools either in rural or urban areas by definition? -DD). Because some believe marijuana has medicinal value (beliefs attributed to facts and science -DD), however, we continue to take a measured approach and have only pursued asset forfeiture actions with respect to marijuana retail sales operations very near schools, parks or playgrounds, at the request of local law enforcement, or in one case, because of the sheer size of its distribution operations." Sheer size and politics are the real truth. Local law enforcement can do its own enforcement, and city permits already limit proximity to schools and thumb suckers.
The response from Berkeley City Council member Darryl Moore: "To see the atrocities of our Department of Justice, it's just outlandish and needs to be stopped."
And from National Cannabis Industry Association president Aaron Smith: "U.S. Attorney Haag's views on marijuana policy are out of step with those of the vast majority of voters in her state, and her office is acting in direct conflict with the Department of Justice’s 2009 Ogden Memo, which set a policy to respect state law in matters involving medical cannabis. It's high time for the Obama Administration to put a stop to this rogue activity and review all pending federal medical marijuana cases for compliance with stated administration policy. One has no choice but to question DOJ's allegiances when tax dollars are being used to close down an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau to further the economic interests of criminal cartels."