Marin Alliance For Medical Marijuana Dodges Feds — for Now

Second SF Dispensary Closes Under Federal Pressure

An eviction notice was never so welcome.

Last Wednesday, California's oldest storefront medical marijuana collective, Fairfax-based Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, received an eviction notice from its landlord — which means the dispensary gets to defy the federal government's new war on medical marijuana and remain open, for now.

You see, MAMM is one of the at least five Bay Area medical marijuana dispensaries which received letters from Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney for Northern California, at the end of September. The letters, addressed to the property owners renting to the dispensaries — which were within 1,000 feet of parks or schools — gave a 45-day deadline to close up shop or risk property forfeiture and lengthy prison terms.

Three San Francisco dispensaries also received letters from Haag at the end of September. All have either closed or relocated as of Monday, with the second to close, Medithrive, shutting its doors Sunday evening.

But since MAMM was served with an eviction notice which it is now contesting in court, the feds' 45-day mark has come and gone — so MAMM is still selling medical cannabis, according to founder Lynette Shaw.

“The landlord was able to tell the feds we are in the process of being evicted,” Shaw said. “That keeps us in the process in the civil arena … and while we are in the process, we are absolutely not going to close.”

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