Thursday, March 15, 2012

Berkeley Patients Group Must Be Out by May 1

By David Downs
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

One of the East Bay's leading lights of medical cannabis distribution, Berkeley Patients Group weathered the Bush Administration, but couldn't make it through President Obama's first term. California Watch has a story today by Michael Montgomery and me, breaking the news that BPG is set to close it's San Pablo Avenue dispensary, quoting the US attorney that caused it, Melinda Haag, and outlining why her reasons are bunk.

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The federal government's five-month-old crackdown on medical cannabis dispensaries was supposed to target illegal exporters, profiteers, and public nuisances.

Instead, Haag has targeted the industry's best: Berkeley Patients Group, Oaksterdam's Richard Lee, five permitted dispensaries in San Francisco, and the Mendocino County Sheriff's cultivation permit program.

“When a dispensary comes to my attention that is close to a school, a park or a playground or to children, that's a line I've decided to draw, and those are the dispensaries that I’m looking at,” Haag said.

Except the City of Berkeley held BPG Day two years ago, the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce considers them a model a business and the school across the street says: "Their security provides a great asset and enhancement to our community. We've never had any incidents at all."

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