Berkeley Patients Group Reopens, Thrives Following Fed Shutdown

The federal Justice Department can't stop Berkeley Patients Group.

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    BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 25: Marijuana clones are displayed at the Berkeley Patients Group March 25, 2010 in Berkeley, California.

    Berkeley Patients Group is much better now -- ever since the federal Justice Department shut the old location down.

    BPG is a "national model" for medical cannabis dispensaries, according to the East Bay Express, which chronicled the dispensary's saga from its May 2012 shutdown on San Pablo Avenue to its new location -- across the street in a formerly vacant lot.

    BPG operated for 13 years at 2477 San Pablo, the newspaper reported.

    The federal Justice Department sent the dispensary's landlords a letter saying that the club was too close to parks and schools and must shut down, the newspaper reported. The same tactic was used to shut dispensaries across California but has been lightly-used since about a dozen in the Bay Area were shut down.

    The new version carries the same quality medicine, according to the newspaper's resident expert, and is bringing safety and security to the otherwise-lightly traveled area.