Berkeley Marijuana Dispensary Closed By Feds Reopens

Berkeley Patients Group rents site down the road.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012  |  Updated 12:44 PM PDT
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In the game of marijuana whack-a-mole, it's all tied up in Berkeley.
 
Berkeley Patients Group was one of the Bay Area's biggest medical cannabis dispensaries before a letter from United States Attorney Melinda Haag shut down the San Pablo Avenue operation. But Berkeley Patients Group appears to be on its way back, with a dilapidated lot at 2747 San Pablo Avenue rented by BPG, according to the Oakland Tribune.

 
Nobody from BPG would speak on record and no opening date was set, according to the newspaper. 
 
Haag's Justice Department sent a letter to BPG's landlord last spring. The letter informed the landlord that the dispensary was too close to schools, and warned of forfeiture proceedings unless the dispensary was closed. The landlord evicted the dispensary in response.
 
The Moraga-based landlord, Nahla Droubi, said that the new site is not close to any schools, and that she heard from Berkeley police as well as neighbors of the first site that the dispensary posed no problems.

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