Oakland protests U.S. attorney's crackdown on large medical marijuana dispensary

City leaders say Harborside Health Center follows state and local laws and that its closure would have serious economic consequences
Los Angeles Times (US)
Friday, July 13, 2012

A day after federal prosecutors moved to shutter the country's largest medical marijuana dispensary, city leaders and other officials came to the defense of Harborside Health Center, warning of dire economic and social consequences if Oakland's carefully regulated industry is quashed. "We cannot afford the money, we cannot afford the waste of law enforcement resources, and we cannot afford the loss of jobs that this would entail," City Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan said.