Federal bill would protect MMJ dispensary landlords from taking of their property

Lee announced her legislation just weeks after U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag filed a lawsuit against Oakland and San Jose, Calif.-based medical marijuana dispensary Harborside Health Clinic (pictured).

The Justice Department has been threatening landlords of state law-compliant MMJ dispensaries with asset forfeiture

By Steve Elliott

Toke of the Town

Late on Thursday, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and seven initial co-sponsors introduced HR 6335, (full text of bill )the States’ Medical Marijuana Property Rights Protection Act, in an attempt to stop the seizure of property from landlords of state law-compliant medical marijuana businesses. The introduction of HR 6335 comes less than a month after U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag served an asset forfeiture lawsuit against the landlord of Harborside, a medical marijuana dispensary in Rep. Lee’s district of Oakland.

The Justice Department action was opposed by Rep. Lee, but it also sparked an outcry from local and state officials, including city council members, the Oakland City Attorney, and the Board of Equalization.


Also: [VIEWPOINT] Why don’t local officials get a break, too? By Robert Robb The Arizona Republic The Obama administration has declared that it won’t enforce immigration laws against certain categories of young people. It has said that it won’t enforce federal drug laws against patients and caregivers acting in accordance with state medical marijuana laws. So, why won’t it unequivocally say that it won’t go after state and county officials who implement the marijuana laws? It’s weird.

If interested in discussing medical marijuana, you can contact Co-chair of the RLG Medical Marijuana Department Ryan Hurley @ rhurley@roselawgroup.com

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