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  Oakland Medical Marijuana Spot on TV's 'Weed Wars'
Posted by CN Staff on December 01, 2011 at 03:18:40 PT
By Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer 
Source: San Francisco Chronicle 

medical Oakland -- With California's $1.5 billion medical marijuana industry under siege since a federal crackdown began earlier this year, some in the business feel that a pinch of good publicity might chill out the feds.

Might even make those who use, sell and grow medical cannabis appear more human to the folks who live in the 34 states where such medicine isn't legal.

The message they hope to send, said Steve DeAngelo, head of California's largest dispensary: "U.S. attorneys are attacking people who are legitimately providing medicine to seriously ill and suffering people."

Tonight, DeAngelo's Harborside Health Center in Oakland will be featured in an unlikely, and some say risky, venue to make such a bold political statement: a reality television show. That same genre has blessed humankind with the Kardashians, the Gosselins and more hoarders than anyone thought existed.

But Discovery Channel officials promise something a bit less trivial when the four-part "Weed Wars" debuts at 10 p.m.

The show's producers spent a year at Harborside and were there when the dispensary was on the blunt end of the federal crackdown. In September, the Internal Revenue Service said Harborside, which has 95,000 patients and $21 million in annual revenue, owed $2.5 million in taxes for 2007 and 2008.

Elsewhere across California, federal officials have threatened property owners with forfeiture and criminal charges for letting pot dispensaries rent office space from them.

That's the real-life drama in the show: If the IRS prevails, Harborside may close.

"My hope is that this is going to change the dynamics of the debate on the medical cannabis issue," said DeAngelo, Harborside executive director and co-founder.


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Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)
Author: Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
Published: December 1, 2011
Copyright: 2011 San Francisco Chronicle

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Comment #1 posted by runruff on December 01, 2011 at 07:40:38 PT
The definition of insanity!
Making the same mistake over and again, expecting a different out come each time. Our federal government has become the very definition of insane!

I do believe that history has shone that to prohibit people from having something they want will not keep them from having it. The historic models as well as more recent attempts have all failed, so, this not only proves that the people running the fed are insane but bats#*! crazy!

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