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News, The Snitch Federal Appeals Court Cancels Hearing on Right to Use Marijuana

Federal Appeals Court Cancels Hearing on Right to Use Marijuana

It's rare that a court hearing will generate enough excitement to interest the press. Then again, a public defense of medical marijuana's merits made in court is a rare event -- as is is the government forced to publicly defend…
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News, The Snitch Obama's War on Medical Marijuana Moves Slowly

Obama's War on Medical Marijuana Moves Slowly

Dispensaries Targeted For Shutdown by Feds Still Open -- Nearly a Year Later The day started out hot and stayed hot Friday in the Mission District, where a quiet commercial storefront was open for business. A few customers came and…
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News, The Snitch U.S. Attorney Makes a Case to Legalize Marijuana in California

U.S. Attorney Makes a Case to Legalize Marijuana in California

Obama's cops are finally for pot? Sure, in a way. In Washington and Colorado, where small amounts of marijuana are legal for adults, the federal Justice Department isn't as interested in busting cannabis users, medical or otherwise, as the feds…
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News, The Snitch Marijuana Dispensary Mocks U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag With Dr. Seuss-Like Cartoon (Video)

Marijuana Dispensary Mocks U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag With Dr. Seuss-Like Cartoon (Video)

By most measures, Harborside Health Center's fight with the federal Justice Department is going well. The nation's largest medical cannabis dispensary went untouched for nearly a year during the recent federal crackdown that began in October 2011. Even now,…
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News, The Snitch Harborside Health Center Chief Asks Obama to Freeze Federal Crackdown on Pot Clubs

Harborside Health Center Chief Asks Obama to Freeze Federal Crackdown on Pot Clubs

Last week, President Barack Obama informed and entertained pot smokers across the nation with his sorta pro-marijuana comments, claiming (once again) that his administration has bigger problems to tackle than pot. In short, he fed marijuana advocates the same line…
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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana Advocates to Protest Obama Tonight

Medical Marijuana Advocates to Protest Obama Tonight

President Barack Obama sure does love the Bay Area. Northern California has proved to be a very handy ATM for the president, who is making yet another fundraising swing through San Francisco on Monday night. And this one's special.Food legend…
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News, The Snitch Want to Open a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in S.F.? The DEA Is Onto You

Want to Open a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in S.F.? The DEA Is Onto You

We're no police theorist, but the goals of a law enforcement action are simple: to prevent, to intervene, or otherwise dissuade behavior deemed illegal.If this is the case, the federal Justice Department's crackdown on California's medical marijuana industry is only…
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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana Crackdown: Rep. Barbara Lee Tells Feds to Back Off

Medical Marijuana Crackdown: Rep. Barbara Lee Tells Feds to Back Off

Last week was one of the the darkest for the medical marijuana movement, with the federal Justice Department picking two of San Francisco's best-known and best-behaving licensed medical cannabis dispensaries for closure. This came mere weeks after U.S. Attorney Melinda…
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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana Advocates Mourn Pot Club Closures in Mock Funeral

Medical Marijuana Advocates Mourn Pot Club Closures in Mock Funeral

There were plenty of tears shed during yesterday's funeral procession dedicated to medical marijuana and all the local dispensaries that have closed in the last year. In the Haight, residents in black and white garb gathered around a New Orleans-style…
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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana Crackdown: Come Mourn the Closure of the Vapor Room Tonight

Medical Marijuana Crackdown: Come Mourn the Closure of the Vapor Room Tonight

As we warned last week, the Vapor Room and Hopenet medical marijuana dispensaries were the feds' next victims in this crackdown on pot clubs -- and tonight the doors will close. So here's your chance to grieve. According to the…
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News, The Snitch Justice Department Closes Two More S.F. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Justice Department Closes Two More S.F. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The number of medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco will dip to a nearly 10-year low on Aug. 1, when two more permitted pot clubs will close under pressure from the federal Justice Department.Vapor Room, located on Haight Street, and…
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News, The Snitch Fire, Not Obama Crackdown, Shuts Mission Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Fire, Not Obama Crackdown, Shuts Mission Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Prior to the four-alarm fire next door, the coffee shop behind the nameless awning and signless storefront at 208 Valencia St. was notable not for what was behind the white door opposite the barista -- a medical marijuana dispensary --…
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News, The Snitch Local Democrats Ask Obama to Leave S.F. Marijuana Clubs Alone

Local Democrats Ask Obama to Leave S.F. Marijuana Clubs Alone

San Francisco Democrats turned on one of their own as they issued a scathing rebuttal to President Barack Obama's explanation of his unpopular crackdown of medical marijuana clubs.The local Democratic Party passed a resolution yesterday, demanding that President Obama, Attorney…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Ed Lee Finally Breaks Silence on Medical Marijuana

Mayor Ed Lee Finally Breaks Silence on Medical Marijuana

"If you get Ed Lee on record about medical marijuana," more than one well-connected San Francisco politico has told us, "you deserve a medal."Our best efforts were all deflected, including a situation when we physically blocked Mayor Lee's path to…
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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Stay Open Despite Federal Deadline

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Stay Open Despite Federal Deadline

On the day the federal government wished HopeNet to close, the operators of San Francisco's oldest licensed and taxpaying medical marijuana dispensary prepared accordingly: They grilled hot dogs."We made about 220," said Catherine Smith, whose Ninth Street medical cannabis dispensary…
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News, The Snitch Oaksterdam University Pledges to Re-Open After Federal Raid on Marijuana Leader

Oaksterdam University Pledges to Re-Open After Federal Raid on Marijuana Leader

What many saw as the inevitable hit Oaksterdam founder Richard Lee on Monday, when federal agents came knocking at the home and businesses of the man who has become the marijuana movement's de-facto figurehead.After Lee revived a moribund part of…
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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana Crackdown Explained: Feds Are Saving the Children

Medical Marijuana Crackdown Explained: Feds Are Saving the Children

Melinda Haag finally gave us a reason. The United States Attorney for Northern California broke her media near-silence last week week, granting an extensive, exclusive interview to KQED in which Haag sought to explain the Justice Department's crackdown on medical…
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News, The Snitch Feds Dismiss Medical Marijuana Lawsuits Without Hearings "Because They Know They're Wrong"

Feds Dismiss Medical Marijuana Lawsuits Without Hearings "Because They Know They're Wrong"

The medical marijuana fight may end up at the Supreme Court ... by the time we're all really old.San Francisco attorney Matthew Kumin's lawsuit challenging the feds' recent crackdown on state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries was dismissed by a federal judge…
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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana Crackdown: U.S. Attorney Has No Regrets

Medical Marijuana Crackdown: U.S. Attorney Has No Regrets

A flurry of media reports accompanied the Justice Department's crackdown on medical marijuana, announced at an October 2011 press conference in which California's four federal prosecutors outlined plans to attack the state's marijuana industry. But since that media appearance, little…
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News, The Snitch BREAKING: San Francisco Suspends Medical Marijuana Licensing Program Indefinitely

BREAKING: San Francisco Suspends Medical Marijuana Licensing Program Indefinitely

San Francisco city officials indefinitely suspended the city's medical marijuana dispensary permitting program on Wednesday, according to the Department of Public Health.Pending permits had been on hold since December, after a ruling in a state appeals court case halted similar…
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