Feds Agree to Dismiss Case Against Berkeley Patients Group

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A remnant of former U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag’s legacy has dissipated as the federal government has finally agreed to dismiss its forfeiture action against Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), a model medical cannabis dispensary. Haag was a long-time nemesis of the cannabis community and we certainly didn’t shed many tears last year when she announced her resignation as a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California.

Marijuana.com reported:

After a series of preliminary rulings and appeals in the years since, and a Congressionally-enacted law barring federal prosecutors from interfering with state medical cannabis laws, the feds are finally giving up the case.

“In the end, compassion and sensibility prevailed,” Victor Pinho, BPG’s communications director, told Marijuana.com. “We share this victory with the entire California medical cannabis community and the patients we’ve had the privilege of serving over the past 17 years.”

BPG has enjoyed strong support from local elected officials during its court battle with the federal government. The city itself filed a claim to become a party in the case, though that was denied by a federal judge. But the judge did grant its request for a stay on the seizure of the BPG property while that ruling on standing was appealed, however, allowing the dispensary continue to operate in the meantime.

This important federal court victory is another step in the right direction for our nation, and another sign that cannabis prohibition’s days are numbered. Recent federal reforms have paid dividends for the cannabis community and we are poised to see more reforms, particularly after more states legalize cannabis this November, as we move towards finally ending federal prohibition.

Anthony Johnson
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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the Political Action Committee responsible for Oregon's Measure 91 cannabis legalization campaign and co-owner of Duff Johnson Consulting. As Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Anthony served on the state's initial Marijuana Advisory Committee and he continues to advocate for sensible policies that decrease unnecessary arrests, protect patients' safe access, and help small businesses. With Duff Johnson Consulting, Anthony helps cannabis farmers, processors, retailers, and ancillary businesses with licensing, compliance, public relations, and marketing. DJC clients include the International Cannabis Business Conference, the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, Cannabliss, Natural Roots, and numerous medical cannabis cultivators that provide free cannabis to patients in need.Anthony co-hosts the Let's Hash It Out podcast, available here on Weed News, at www.letshashitout.blog, Sound Cloud, iTunes, and Stitcher. Anthony's blogs on Weed News are personal and don't necessarily reflect the views of any organization or company.