Obama's Medical Marijuana Crackdown: Two S.F. Pot Clubs to Close

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And Divinity Tree, and Green Door Sacramento, and maybe Medithrive
Lombard Street is in the city's oft-posh Marina District, but that stretch of US-101 that leads from the Golden Gate Bridge down through Van Ness Avenue includes seedy motels as well as high-end boutiques. It might have also contained a medical marijuana dispensary -- that is until the federal government got involved.

The operators of the Green Door, which has for years successfully run a dispensary within smelling distance of the Intercontinental Hotel on Howard Street, filed an application with the Department of Public Health to run its business at 2414 Lombard Street, city records show.
Yet those plans have been derailed, an attorney for the collective said Thursday, as the U.S. Department of Justice's statewide crackdown on medical marijuana has led two other "semi-affiliated" Green Door locations -- in Sacramento and San Diego -- to close.

Both dispensaries got letters from the local United States Attorney, who said dispensaries had 45 days to shutdown or its property would be seized by the federal government. San Francisco dispensaries Divinity Tree and Mr. Nice Guy, both of which received similar letters, announced this week they will likely shut down.

Now that's change you can believe in.

This isn't the first time dispensaries have received threatening letters: In 2007, the Drug Enforcement Administration sent cease-and-desist notices to a number of San Francisco marijuana dispensaries. However, these are different.

Charles Pappas, the wheelchair user who is president of Divinity Tree, told the Chronicle on Wednesday that he'll close shop rather than try to duke it out with the federal government in court.

Brendan Hallinan, Green Door's attorney who also represents Mr. Nice Guy, told SF Weekly on Thursday that the United States Attorney's Office is as serious as the cancer for which medical marijuana is used.

"They're prepared to do the forfeitures ... I think everyone who got the letters is planning on closing," he said.

Along with Divinity Tree and Mr Nice Guy, Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Fairfax also received a letter, but operator Lynette Shaw says she plans to fight in court.

Medithrive is supposedly the third San Francisco dispensary to have received a letter. The dispensary referred press inquiries to its lawyer, Daniel Bornstein, who did not immediately comment.

The federal activity is spooking some local governments as well as would-be dispensary operators: City officials in Eureka and Arcata, both in the marijuana mecca of Humboldt County, announced they're rethinking municipal ordinances regulating dispensaries in light of the Justice Department letters. This backpedal follows the decision by a state judge in Long Beach, who ruled that when a city passes a dispensary ordinance, it is in the position of authorizing the violation of federal law.

Oakland, for its part, has thus far stood firm, taking 12 applications for four new cannabis dispensaries. A spokesman for the San Francisco City Attorney did not respond to a request for comment to see what action, if any, the city will take.

Meanwhile, other dispensary operators aren't changing their plans. The Green Cross has been the city's only licensed delivery service since neighbors forced a shutdown of its brick-and-mortar location near 22nd and Valencia streets, and plans to go forward with opening up another location on Mission Street in the Excelsior District, pending approval at the Planning Commission.

Thus far, San Francisco city leaders have been silent on the issue. "We're trying to get some local political support," Hallinan said, but so far nothing's come up. "This is a pretty shitty thing to happen to everyone."

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Tim Giangiobbe
Tim Giangiobbe

Melinda the HAG Haag is so overzealous and ROGUE and Obama will not admit he lost control of his prosecutors and that is a FACT.Haag is a DEMAGOGUE banger

Brian0019
Brian0019

And if they try to give you a life sentance .... Just pull a mark emery !!!!.... Lol goto Canada and claim political asylum !!!!..... Canada doesn't extrodite if your facing death pentality for a none violent crime ie- such as medical maruijana or killing a child molester for molesting your kids or anything like that ...... I also notice that the government protects child molesters and uses them as informents to so they won't get murdered in jail shame on uncle Sam !!!!!

Brian0019
Brian0019

All you have to do is dig dirt up on them and they'll stop ....most deffinitly if you send a video copy to the local news stations .... They can't tell the news to shut up lol

Brian0019
Brian0019

Obama is nothing more then a toy for the alluminatti..... Basicly saying that they ain't racist !!!!!! That's all it is ...... I voted for hillery Clinton !!!!!..... Let's see what a woman can do with this country !!!!!

Brian0019
Brian0019

TThats a ignorant blackman for ya..... They tell you they ain't going to do something and turn around and do it anyhow .... Thought Obama told the dea to stay out of California and to stop the raids seed what you voters got ..... A Nigger that let the power goto his head !!!!! .For example ..... The California police get funding for meth lab raiding ....but they choose to raid pot pateints instead !?!..... Thought the dea was used Roquefort smuggle opium into the u.s. during the Nixon years..... News flash dea nixons dead ,so why is your agencie still around or in use !?! ....so who's calling the kettle black now dea

Medical Marijuana Doctor
Medical Marijuana Doctor

DEFENDANTS SUED

FOR OPERATING ILLEGAL 420 MMJCLINICS AS WELL AS UNLAWFUL PRACTICE OF MEDICINE;  FRAUD;  TAX EVASION;  FALSE REPORTING OF TAXES;  MONEY LAUNDERING;  RACKETEERING

ATTENTION DISPENSARIES

We have provided dispensaries with a NOTICE to PATIENTS that you can download, print and post in the lobby of your collective.

The GOAL is for patients have access to the TRUTH and the FACTS and most important of all, so patients know what to do NEXT!!!

Make sure you download the files for YOUR AREA because the LOBBY NOTICE contains a list of DEFENDANTS ILLEGAL 420 CLINICS and a list of other MMJ Clinics in YOUR AREA that are operating illegally because those clinics DO NOT HAVE license to practice medicine in CA as required by LAW and CA MEDICAL BOARD.

Remember, it is the DUTY of the dispensary to make sure the MMJ CLINIC is LIC (Has FNP Permit) and that the DOCTOR's license is RENEWED and CURRENT.

If doctor's license is RENEWED and CURRENT, this DOES NOT MEAN the clinic is legal.  It must be DOCTOR owned, unlike these illegal 420 clinics.

ONLY A CA LICENSED MEDICAL DOCTOR CAN OWN, OPERATE and CONTROL A MEDICAL PRACTICE!!!!

THIS IS THE LAW AND IT MAKES SENSE!!! LOBBY NOTICE FOR ALL DISPENSARIES

WELCOME TO:

www.LEGALinfoWEBSITE.comPlease feel free to use this page as your info source for legal information that matters to YOU!!!

Original Complaint (CASE #EC057099)
Is a Matter of Public Record &Was Filed on 10/19/2011 at
SUPERIOR COURT
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

***The plaintiff is informing the defendants that the plaintiff wil be approaching prosecuting authorities with facts, evidence and witnesses whereby the plaintiff will request that all of the defendants will be CRIMINALLY PROSECUTED***

Robert Johnson, Plaintiffvs.Eugene BeylinAna MouseyevaLeon BeylinYelena Mouseyeva25 more defendants including DOCTORS & 420 Evaluation Clinicsand does 1 - 100,Defendants

Robert Johnson                    Plaintiff,         vs.1.       Eugene Beylin2.       Ana Mouseyeva4.       Leon Beylin5.       Yelena Mouseyeva6.       Howard Ragland, MD7.       Samuel L. Drake, MD8.       Thomas Crawford, MD9.       Stephanie Higgins, MD10.   John Weaver, MD11.   Raja M. Toke, MD12.   Mark R. Rose, MD13.   James Kao, DO14.   James Lin, MD15.   George R. Goy, MD16.   Robert Young, MD17.   Al Fisher, MD18.   Jesus Saucedo, MD19.   Best Choice Evaluations20.   San Jose 420 Evaluations21.   Oakland 420 Evaluations22.   Sacramento 420 Evaluations23.   Long Beach 420 Evaluations24.   San Diego 420 Evaluations25.   Bakersfield 420 Evaluations26.   HWood Herb Medical Center27.   The Doctor28.   OC Medical Center29.   San Bernardino Medical Center

                     DEFENDANTS And Does 1-100:  Additional defendants 
will be added to this lawsuit in the near 
future as the investigation broadens


The plaintiff is informing the defendants that the plaintiff wil be approaching prosecuting authorities with facts, evidence and witnesses whereby the plaintiff will request that all of the defendants will be CRIMINALLY PROSECUTED. Original Complaint (CASE #EC057099)
Is a Matter of Public Record &Was Filed on 10/19/2011 at
SUPERIOR COURT
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

Case No: EC0570991.  Fraud2.  Conspiracy To Commit Fraud3.  Fraud by wire in violation of the title 18 of United States Code 13434.  Unlawful Practice of Medicine5.  Unfair & Unlawful Competition6.  Kickbacks (bribery)7.  Forgery8.  Tax evasion and false reporting of taxes9.  Illegal distribution of narcotics and trafficking10.   Profiteering(organized crime)11.   Money Laundering12.   Racketeering13.   Multiple Felonies14.   Unlawful enrichment15.   Injuries Interference16.   Interference with perspective economic advantage17.   INTENTIONAL AFFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS18.   Injunction

yonish
yonish

Ron Paul for 2012. Please change to republican so you can vote for him in the primary. Then you can change back, but as you're seeing there is little difference, and it's really just one big party.

Ron Paul and Gary Johnson are the only one's for legalization and the only ones you can trust.

Medical Marijuana Doctor
Medical Marijuana Doctor

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Grannygear1
Grannygear1

Tom Ammiano has not been silent on the issue.  He may be a state assemblyman, but he is my assemblyman and therefore still a city leader!

concernedparentandtaxpayer
concernedparentandtaxpayer

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let's put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let's let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.You can email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Ele... to discuss HR 2306, the bill that would repeal Federal prohibition.In Canada, you can contact Parliament at http://canada.gc.ca/directorie... .And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

rfkolbe
rfkolbe

Well, how many times will the President be coming to California? -----I am a Democrat who would like to vote for this man again. I will be very disappointed if he allows these clubs to come under attack.

President Obama, are you listening? You are losing your base out here!

thanks

Tim Giangiobbe
Tim Giangiobbe

not enough to vote GOP YET just for Ron Paul why is he running on that ticket the two party system.The other GOP are idiots except  once again why is he on the team with so many haters LIKE  RYAN  BOEHNER 

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Saturn
Saturn

well sounds like the old premedicated Murder plans of the Republicans must have taken a turn.  In the give and take plans that political leaders so quickly throw together (Deals) without concern or compassion;  it is always the Low income and the sick that get picked on in our country while we try to be" Big shot Heroes in other country's "    as long as it doesn't spend Republican Pocket money,  we can still slip into the next  deal;  something that will make us a dollar or two,  putting aside  for our new car or house ,(of how many we own were not even sure) and who cares how many people will either suffer or just die off we dont care it will save the country and put more money in our Republican  Pockets  Is the clear attitude of the Republican Party we dont care that our decisions kill poor or needy or low income people  this is where the premeditated  Murder comes to the forefront even if they are so called veterans or even Americans  Yes these are the same ones who want to do away with our medications by ending programs even if it kills millions of Americans we need and our Medicare and the list goes on But Republicans will knowingly take all away even if it kills us as long as it doesn't effect them  I like my new charge that the Republican way of thinking is a result of  "Guilty of Pre-medicated Murder"  Making... knowingly.....  Decisions that will kill those of us on Disability and Seniors that depend solely on Help to get there medications  THEY HAVE MADE IT VERY APPARENT THAT THE REPUBLICAN STAND IS if your not Rich and not in good health  screw you you can just Die  I THOUGHT WE RAN OUT ALL THE RICH ARISTOCRATS NEVER TO RETURN DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR ALONG WITH the Pirates I guess they are all the same Pirates Aristocrats and Republicans and is communism next ???????? 

Carla
Carla

funny how most of these clubs survived the George W Bush administration only to be shut down during Obama's.

Tim Giangiobbe
Tim Giangiobbe

That is a bi partisan job BOTH parties are stinking up the Capitol The Insider Trading scandal is BIG and TRUE.The WE are above the law BS has TO GOPelosi is a LIAR as well as Many of the GOP.Sad

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Due to the tyrannic and mindless actions of prohibitionists, tens of millions of people world-wide (both users and non-users) have been either killed, maimed, incarcerated or had their lives very seriously disrupted. Prohibitionists are solely responsible for an immense increase in violent organized crime, an AIDS Pandemic, the undermining of international development and security and a grave abuse of human rights on a scale barely witnessed in human social history.

Corporate greed and individual bigotry have accelerated us towards a situation where all the usual peaceful and democratic methods needed to reverse the acute damage done by prohibition no longer function as envisaged by the Founding Fathers of our once great and free nation. Such a political impasse coupled with great economic tribulation is precisely that which throughout history has invariably ignited violent revolution.

In order to avert what will surely be a far more violent situation than we are all presently experiencing, there appears to be just one last avenue left to us - Jury Nullification. 

Jury Nullification is a constitutional doctrine that allows juries to acquit defendants who are technically guilty, but who don’t deserve punishment.  All non-violent drug offenders who are not selling to children, be they users, dealers or importers, fall into this category. If you believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy, then you don’t have to help to apply it. Under the Constitution, when it comes to acquittals, you, the juror, have the last word!

The idea that jurors should judge the law, as well as the facts, is a proud and vital component of American history. 

The most shining example of Jury Nullification occurred during the shameful period in US history when slavery was legal. People who helped slaves escape were committing a federal crime - violation of the Fugitive Slave Act. Jurors would often acquit, even when the defendants admitted their guilt. Legal historians credit these cases with advancing the abolition of slavery.

No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safer; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution? - When called for Jury Service concerning any non-violent prohibition-related offense, it is your moral and civic duty to VOTE TO ACQUIT!

“To function as the founders intended, our republic requires that “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”~ THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787.

To avoid such carnage and turmoil on a scale not seen in this land since the 1860s, we may have just one last chance. 

If you wish to see this insane prohibition replaced by drug policy based on science, public health and sound principles of human rights that will ensure a safe future for your children and grandchildren, PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT!

Tim Giangiobbe
Tim Giangiobbe

Jeff Jones felt so strongly about this his attempts just to communicate to jurors was considered contempt.He was detained for the day.and released.Judges can be A-holes.

l_yard
l_yard

The reason cannabis is illegal is because of propaganda, disinformation, and people buying politicians to keep it illegal. The three major industries that fund this disinformation are big pharmaceuticals, alcohol, and tobacco industries. They have the most to loose from marijuana legalization, and they have have the cash to buy all the political figures they need to make sure it remains illegal.

Until that changes, nothing will change. Same goes for many of America's other problems.

Prapanna
Prapanna

With all of Obama's failings, this one is the nail in his political coffin!

Lazvegzchk
Lazvegzchk

ALL THOSE INVOLVED SHOULD SUE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

weedandbombs
weedandbombs

With that said, this is a RIDICULOUS waste of taxpayer money and government time.  Regulating the amount of reality shows on TV would be a better use of resources than this... seriously!

weedandbombs
weedandbombs

Gaaah nooo don't take my Green Door away!

Roywoodworth
Roywoodworth

you would think that the Obama administration has enough problems than to go after people who need med weed.  the government realy dont need to worry about weed anyway.  It government cant fix employment, the health care, etc. etc.  why mess with weed, medical or not

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Is this part of Obama's getting-rid-of-jobs plan?

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