In what critics are calling a gross waste of scarce law enforcement resources, California Aaron Sandusky, of G3 Holistics, received a ten-year federal prison sentence Monday for growing and distributing the legal California herb.
The 43-year-old Rancho Cucamonga resident ran three Inland Empire clubs known as G3 Holistics and served 17,000 patients. US Attorneys charged that he grew more than 1,000 plants, and profited from their sale.
In possibly the first verdict of its kind, a federal judge has just allowed the world's largest medical pot club to keep selling the federally illegal drug.
The stunning court victory occurred Monday when Harborside Health Center won the right to remain open while it fights federal forfeiture charges in the coming months and potentially years. US Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James ruled in favor of the huge club, denying two motions for preliminary injunctions from Harborside's landlords that would have forced an end to cannabis sales at Harborside's Oakland and San Jose locations.
This is kind of a random mash-up, but whatever.
Tonight's iteration of Oakland's monthly art walk will include an appearance by the weed testers at Steep Hill Labs, who'll test your stash for free.
Maybe you need to settle a bet. Maybe you like data. Maybe you like seeing cutting-edge near-infrared spectroscopy used to assay psychotropic botanicals.
Whatever your reason, Steep Hill's staffers and their QuantaCann machine will be on Telegraph between 26th and 27th streets in the "SF Chronic Truck". Their appearance is co-sponsored by Town and Country Cooperative.
The nation's biggest pot club, Harborside Health Center, is waiting for Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James to decide if it can keep selling pot in its Oakland and San Jose locations — and the decision could come down at any moment.
Local U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag is trying to seize Harborside's two locations unless it stops selling state-legal medical cannabis, so Harborside's landlords have asked a state judge, and now a federal judge, to issue a preliminary injunction barring sales. Judge James seems well-versed in the case — and skeptical as to whether the club has to stop selling pot immediately, considering it had done so openly for six years without drawing a raid and criminal prosecutions.
Cannabis is all but legal in California, according to the New York Times.
But Californians need a doctor's recommendation in order to lawfully possess the herb. Many readers have asked us over the months if they'll jeopardize employment opportunities or end up on some master list of pot smokers if they get a doctor's note or a state medical marijuana ID card.
Always here to help, we went out and got the facts, detailed in this week's column, 'The Truth About Medical Marijuana Card Privacy".