U.S. to End Bid to Close Major California Pot Dispensary: Lawyers

Federal prosecutors have agreed to dismiss a four-year-old forfeiture case in northern California aimed at shutting down the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the United States, attorneys for the clinic said on Tuesday.

The deal was reached in talks between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the San Francisco Bay area and the Oakland-based Harborside Health Center, and it is expected to be filed in court in a matter of days, said Henry Wykowski, an attorney for Harborside.

U.S. attorney spokesman Abraham Simmons said his office was not at liberty to comment on the “pending litigation.”

Attorneys for Harborside said they believed the settlement signaled an end to a federal crackdown against cannabis dispensaries in states where marijuana has been legalized for medical use, contrary to U.S. law.

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