Feds Move to Close Harborside Health Center, California's Biggest Marijuana Dispensary

The federal Justice Department's crackdown on California's medical marijuana industry escalated Monday when the government moved to shut down the state's largest cannabis dispensary.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag filed paperwork July 6 to seize the Oakland and San Jose locations of Harborside Health Center — which, with 110,000 patients, is the biggest pot club in  California and the world, her office said Tuesday.

The move against the state's biggest marijuana sellers follows the April 2 raid of Oaksterdam University, which put Richard Lee, the man who bankrolled 2010's marijuana legalization ballot measure, out of business. 

The move could also spell fiscal trouble for Oakland; Harborside is the city's second-largest retail taxpayer.

A press conference, wherein city and dispensary officials will speak out against the feds, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday in front of Oakland City Hall.

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