Medical Marijuana Advocates Planning Big Protest of Obama’s East Bay Fundraising Visit

Waiting for President Obama when comes to the East Bay for a series of fundraisers this month will be a lot of protesters who ordinarily would be fans: Medical marijuana supporters.

They are ticked at Obama’s duplicity on the medical cannabis issue, particularly after hearing about the feds plan to close Harborside Health Center – the nation’s largest medical marijuana dispensary. The proposed closure has again turned the spotlight onto the Obama Administration’s Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder.

It’s not like Harborside was hiding anything. Remember, last fall we told you they were starring in a reality TV show about the biz.

“The President has the audacity to show up in the heart of the Oaksterdam District — at the Fox Theater — when this is going on,” said Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, told us. The association represents about 100 businesses in the $1.7 billion industry, about 80 percent of which is in California. “The feds are going after dispensaries that are the pinnacle of compliance.”

The political issue is the same as it was when we wrote about it last November: While Obama and Holder SAY they will not crack down on dispensaries that were following the law, California’s federal prosecutors bringing the hammer down on Harborside, one of a series of dispensaries that have the reputation as good actors.

Last month, Holder told the House Judiciary Commitee that the DOJ “limits its medical cannabis “enforcement efforts to those individuals [or]organizations that are acting out of conformity with State laws, or, in the case of instances in Colorado.”

But Comrade Kuruvila reports that Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California called the Harborside “a superstore.” Size, indeed, matters.

“The larger the operation, the greater the likelihood that there will be abuse of the state’s medical marijuana laws and marijuana in the hands of individuals who do not have a demonstrated medical need,” she said in a statement.

– Read the entire article at San Francisco Chronicle.