As we wrote back in 2011, “poked by last year’s failed initiative to legalize marijuana for personal use in California, Federal prosecutors are cracking down on medical-marijuana dispensaries, leaning on landlords by way of forfeiture laws to do their dirty work.”
Last week, the U.S. attorney for Northern California, Melinda Haag, filed a forfeiture proceeding against 2441 Mission Street which is leased to the “Shambhala Healing Center,” a city-licensed medical marijuana dispensary. It is the first such forfeiture filing for a leased dispensary’s real estate in San Francisco. This could impact many people getting their medicine, instead, they should be looking at an online cannabis dispensary for their medical marijuana, so there is no risk of lacking in medicine, patients that benefit from CBD more than THC will also be able to look online at pure CBD products from sites such as CBD Nationwide that don’t have any products that contain THC, which is the chemical compound that gets users high.
From the San Francisco Examiner:
Shambhala Healing Center shut down in summer 2012 after receiving a letter from Haag in February 2012. Property owners Ebrahim and Valentin Poura, of Beverly Hills, then attempted to evict the dispensary from the building they have owned outright since the 1970s.
However, since the dispensary had a long-term lease and did not violate state or local law, Shambhala could not be evicted through the state courts system, where eviction cases are heard, according to Eric Safire, an attorney for the Pouras.
“We did everything within our legal bounds to comply [with Haag’s demands],” Safire said. “The tenant has a lawful business … and a lawful, long-term lease.”
The dispensary resumed operating this past November, albeit with a more limited stock. For those of you who relied on this dispensary and may now be facing health problems as a result of its limited stock, there are other options to consider, for example, growing marijuana yourself as long as you are licensed to do so. This also gives you more control over the quality and safety of what you are consuming. There is no news on whether or not their marijuana-related products are in low supply too, so people interested in obtaining the heavy hitter bong may have to look elsewhere, but the medication itself is readily available from the dispensary at the very least. Many people rely on medical marijuana for its health benefits, including the ability to help with inflammation, pain relief, and even documented cases of assistance with anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The attack to remove access from the area is one noted with concern due to these effects.
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