Feds Move To Seize Berkeley Marijuana Club

Justice Department files suit against Berkeley Patients Group.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, May 8, 2013  |  Updated 5:13 PM PDT
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Berkeley Patients Group is in trouble again with the federal Justice Department.

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Berkeley Patients Group won't go away easy -- but neither will the federal Justice Department.

The local United States Attorney has filed suit against the landlord of Berkeley Patients Group, the East Bay city's largest medical cannabis dispensary and one of the biggest in the Bay Area, according to the Oakland Tribune.

The lawsuit, filed May 2 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by U.S. Attorney for Northern California Melinda Haag, seeks to seize the San Pablo Avenue retail space owned by Nahla Droubi of Moraga, the newspaper reported.

The property can be seized under drug forfeiture laws because while California law allows the medical use of marijuana, the drug is still illegal under federal law.

BPG has had issues like this before. The dispensary closed and then moved down the street last year after the landlord receiving a letter from Haag's office warning of a forfeiture action if the dispensary was not shut down.

Hundreds of pot clubs across the state have been shut down in this fashion.

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