Gun Violence Kills 7 as Feds Target Medical Cannabis in Oakland

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Since the launch of the Federal resurgent campaign against medical cannabis, Harborside Health Center’s Steve DeAngelo and other movement leaders have warned that limited federal law enforcement resources should be devoted to serious crime, not state-approved medical cannabis.

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Armed police storm Oaksterdam.

There is no question that the federal government could have substantially reduced the number of guns on Oakland streets if they devoted the same amount of resources to that problem as they have to attacking medical cannabis.

Steve DeAngelo, the high-profile medical marijuana movement leader and founder of Harborside Health Center, the largest cannabis dispensary in the nation, says Oakland is devastated by today’s college campus killing spree, which took place while the U.S. Marshals Service, DEA and IRS raided the nation’s first medical cannabis growing school armed with power saws and a sledgehammer. DeAngelo says the tragedy that took place in Oakland today is a terrible example of what can happen when our law prevention and enforcement resources are misallocated.

“We will never know whether the manpower and resources used to investigate and raid Oaksterdam U could have prevented this particular incident of gun violence,” said DeAngelo. “But there is no question that the federal government could have substantially reduced the number of guns on Oakland streets if they devoted the same amount of resources to that problem as they have to attacking medical cannabis.

“Harborside Health Center made a commitment to our patients when we opened our doors five years ago, to provide them the best cannabis medicine in the safest possible manner. We have no plans to close, and intend to continue proving safe access to cannabis medicines for our more than 100,000 patients.”

DeAngelo says the voters of the City of Oakland have repeatedly affirmed their support for the regulated distribution of medical cannabis. And in response, elected officials and city staff have developed the most successful model of cannabis regulation in the state. DeAngelo feels this system stands in stark contrast to the failed policies of the federal government.

“Oakland's peaceful, working system has provided safe access for patients, while creating hundreds of well-paying jobs, generating millions of dollars of tax dollars and reducing the strain marijuana-related crime activities have had on local law enforcement,” said DeAngelo. “The system has benefited all Oaklanders, not just those who rely on cannabis for medicine.

“In contrast, if the US Attorneys are successful in their nationwide campaign; millions of patients will no longer have access to safe facilities and will have to return to street dealers. Plus, tens of thousands of well-paying jobs will be eliminated, hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue will disappear, and a flood of money will be returned to the criminal underground.”

“It is a policy with all downsides and no upsides: a policy that hurts all Americans, not just those who rely on cannabis for medicine,” says DeAngelo. “Medical cannabis patients and their supporters should express their outrage directly to the US Attorneys, who have initiated and are continuing to prosecute this vicious campaign to suffocate safe access.”

For more information about the contents of this release, please call Gaynell Rogers at (510) 533-0146 or visit

About Harborside Health Center
Founded by national cannabis leader Steve DeAngelo in 2006, Harborside Health Center is the nation's largest not-for-profit model medical cannabis dispensary. The Oakland medicinal cannabis collective offers its 104,000 registered patients free holistic healing services, lab-tested medicine and education. Harborside was featured on the Discovery Channel's miniseries "Weed Wars" in December of 2011.

"Out of the shadows and into the light" epitomizes DeAngelo's mission to enlighten the public on the many medicinal and therapeutic benefits of the plant and actively works to empower the country to change its image of medical marijuana.

For more information about the Oakland holistic healing center, call (415) 298-1114 or visit

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