Medical Marijuana: Feds Move to Forfeit Marin Pot Club's Property

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MAMM's Lynette Shaw
The choice offered by the Justice Department was clear: Select California medical cannabis dispensaries needed to close up shop or have their properties seized and operators thrown in prison.

This was the ultimatum issued in September by United States Attorney for Northern California Melinda Haag to the landlords of five Bay Area dispensaries. In response, three dispensaries in San Francisco closed, and one in Oakland relocated.

The landlord of the fifth, Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, did what he could do as prescribed under California law: He began eviction proceedings against the dispensary, the state's oldest.

But that was not enough for Haag, whose office on Friday began forfeiture proceedings against the 600-square-foot Fairfax storefront, attorneys said Tuesday, even as eviction hearings were scheduled for this week.

"The landlord has complied [with the letter] and begun eviction proceedings -- this is just intimidation to go through with the forfeiture," dispensary operator Lynette Shaw said.

Shaw did not identify exactly who owns the property at 6 School Street Plaza, targeted by Haag because of its proximity to Bolinas Park.

Fairfax-based attorney Robert Weems, representing the landlord in court, did not return a telephone call seeking comment. And Jack Gillund, a spokesman for the Department of Justice, did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

The forfeiture proceedings are believed to be the first in California since the four U.S. Attorneys announced a statewide crackdown on the medical marijuana industry on Oct. 7, according to San Francisco attorney Matt Kumin, who is representing Shaw in a lawsuit filed against Haag. The lawsuit seeks a restraining order on the Justice Department's closing of dispensaries, and argues that the federal government gave the okay to medical cannabis in California in a 2010 settlement of a lawsuit brought by a Santa Cruz collective.

Marin Alliance is California's oldest continuously operating dispensary, located in Fairfax since 1996. Shaw, a medical cannabis patient who is not accused of breaking any state or local laws, is drawing sympathy in the town, where the council and mayor passed a resolution in support of her dispensary.

"The whole town [of Fairfax] is up in arms," said attorney Greg Anton, Shaw's longtime attorney.

In the past, federal officials have said that only dispensaries breaking local law would be targeted for enforcement.

"For them to choose her to make an example of really goes against all they've said they're trying to do," Anton said. "It's like saying, 'We don't want to hurt the people in the house, but we'll burn the house down.'"

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The cynic
The cynic

So how is being honest being a coward you arrogant self entitiled premadona!

Get over yourself...I speak the truth and keep it real!

Oh, so I never realized that you personally actually "own the right's" to the word "cynic" you idiot!

The cynic
The cynic

Are you kidding me! This crazy women whom I use to see charging $65 an 8th way back around 7 to 10 years ago and the "cannabis/dope" she peddeled wasn't even that good to begin w/! The same woman who has a "history" of accussing other people of bogus things, i.e. like having the nerve to operate another club or del. service in Marin got filthy rich on "being compassionate!"(cough, cough, sic) Now she's got this evil look on her face in this pic and seems perfectly happy about herself and does not seem to care about the poor old landlord. Hey Lynette, why did you stop going by "The Reverend Lynette Shaw?" Where is your church and congregation by the way!?

ghandi69
ghandi69

This is really sad the Feds have gone straight for the heart of Domestic Cannabis... Hundreds die in Mexico every month in a brutal fashion...and the people here in California forging out a new order of law abiding positive Cannabis use have been thrown under the bus by Obama and his insatiable appetite to please Corporate America. Not to mention the DEA and their survival depends on keeping this country engaged in a futile, yet extremely profitable "War on Drugs". Its all about the money...and as soon as Corporate America can get the noose around the Ganja Bush will the pressure come off and big business will legitimize Cannabis. Remember when the Busch Family were bootleggers?? Now one of the richest families in the USA.   Today the dispensaries...tomorrow the Mom and Pop Medical Gardens....

david mowers
david mowers

I think the Federal Government is being very clear, you cannot sell pot for any reason. Your welcome to grow your own and smoke as much as you like if a doctor says you need it. That by itself is a major concession. For the poor it will ultimately lead to home based chemistry to treat illness or pain whether or not your have money or insurance. This is by far more leniency on the matter than as ever been allowed by the U.S. Government in history. Besides the F.D.A. has authority on ALL drugs including medical marijuana, its' variations in form and delivery devices. Search "raw milk" to get an idea of what's next for dispensary owners.

rsteeb
rsteeb

What an atrocity.  Department of "Justice" is cherry-picking on the most legitimate among dispensaries.  What arrogance.  This shall NOT stand.

Tim Giangiobbe
Tim Giangiobbe

Not Lynette Man this is truly War.The assault on our way of life is apparently as cowardly as possible.Lynette I wish I owned it I would ignore them.Then if they took it I would TAKE IT BACK 

Jacob Maloney
Jacob Maloney

I just posted on another site about getting in trouble by the government even when we are doing what we are told to do...and bam! I see this. 

So tragic...May we revive America to be the land of the free and home of the brave. 

Dale Sky Jones in Oakland
Dale Sky Jones in Oakland

Burn in hell, Lynette Shaw!! Lock her up and throw away the key!!

Daleskyjones
Daleskyjones

THIS IS NOT DALE SKY JONES!!! I support Lynette. Whoever wrote this is a coward pretending to be me.

the REAL DSJ

Mike Smith
Mike Smith

STOP PAYING FEDERAL TAXES !!!!!!!

david mowers
david mowers

Finally a pot supporter who says something intelligent.

DisgruntledDemocrat
DisgruntledDemocrat

Melinda Haag needs to be removed from office, and Obama should be removed as well. Just one more in a long list of lies from that man.

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