Press Conference Alert:
Thursday November 3, 2016, 11:30AM PST, Steps of Old City Hall: 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley; with Mayor Tom Bates, Councilmember Darryl Moore, involved attorneys and BPG dispensary executives.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — NOVEMBER 1, 2016
Federal Court Win for Marijuana Dispensary Propels Industry Into Legalization Vote
BERKELEY, CA — One week before California voters decide on Proposition 64, a ballot initiative for full legalization, the federal government has dismissed an onerous civil asset forfeiture case that sought to shutter Berkeley Patients Group (BPG), the longest continuously operating medical cannabis dispensary in the country.
The filing by the Northern District of California U.S. Attorney on October 31, 2016 is an important signal that the regulated cannabis industry, set for exponential growth, will not encounter the same type of federal interference that BPG has endured.
The legal summary below is timeline of events leading up to the dismissal of United States’ federal asset forfeiture case against Berkeley Patients Group and its landlord.
- Berkeley Patients Group opened on October 31, 1999, and immediately operated in harmony with local government and its neighbors.
- On December 7, 2007, then-Special Agent in Charge Javier Pena drafted a series of letters to landlords renting property to medical marijuana dispensaries around California, reminding them that marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (Title 21 US Code) and advising them of the Federal government’s right and intent to prosecute. BPG and its landlord refused to be bullied by the tactic and remained open without incident.