Tag Archives: U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag


Posted 11 months ago in Crime Government Marijuana by Betsy Kim  
Your Views on U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag [Poll]

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag is known for aggressively closing medical marijuana dispensaries, seizing property under forfeiture laws. California law allows medical patients and their designated primary caregivers to legally possess and grow marijuana. (But they cannot sell or distribute it.) Marijuana is still considered an illegal substance under federal law. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is reforming drug laws, reducing sentences of low level drug offenders. He also says the federal government will not …

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Posted 11 months ago in Crime Marijuana by Josh Crank  
US Attorney Hints Medical Marijuana Crackdown to Continue

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, one of four federal attorneys behind the nearly two-year crackdown on medical marijuana in California, suggested her enforcement will continue despite new drug policy guidance from the Department of Justice. Attorney General Eric Holder announced in late August that the federal government won’t sue to block state laws legalizing marijuana in various forms, including the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington. An accompanying memo issued by Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole identified eight …

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Posted 12 months ago in Marijuana by Josh Crank  
DOJ Scraps Mandatory Minimums for Nonviolent Drug Offenders

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Department of Justice will stop charging certain nonviolent drug offenders with charges that carry mandatory minimum sentences. Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in San Francisco, Holder outlined a variety of efforts the DOJ plans to undertake “to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter, and rehabilitate – not merely to warehouse and forget.” Among those efforts is a change to federal charging policies for nonviolent …

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Trailblazing Medical Marijuana Cooperative Confronts Uncertain Future

This is part three of a three-part series: Part one: US Attorneys Turn to Intimidation in a War on Medical Marijuana Part two: Feds and Local Cops Conspire to Put Medical Marijuana Sales Out on the Streets   In its heyday, the Vapor Room Cooperative was the envy of San Francisco’s medical marijuana community. Located on the ground floor of a majestic Victorian mansion in Lower Haight, the Vapor Room was one of the few dispensaries in the city that …

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