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When Dispensaries Are Shut Down Medical Cannabis Patients Have Limited Options


harborside health centerHarborside Patients Speak: Where Will I Get My Medicine?

On July 10, 2012, federal agents taped a notice of property forfeiture to the doors of Harborside Health Center, a medical cannabis dispensary located in Oakland and San Jose, Calif. If successful, this federal action would shut down Harborside, forcing thousands of patients back into the underground, illegal market. The closure of Harborside would have an especially destructive effect on California’s most medically challenged patients, who are less able to negotiate the dangers of the illegal marketplace, and cannot risk using untested cannabis from unregulated sources. Likewise, the patients featured in this video who volunteered their stories are afraid that if Harborside closes, they will have no reliable, safe source for the medicine they depend on.

NORML estimates that there are now over 1.1 million medical cannabis patients in the state of California alone. Patients use medical cannabis to alleviate suffering from a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, cancer, migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and HIV-AIDS.

Harborside Health Center was founded in 2006 to ensure these medical cannabis patients receive medicine that is safe and effective, and is provided in full compliance with state law. Since then Harborside has become known nationwide as a model medical cannabis dispensary that has set the standard for best practices in legal compliance and responsible operation.

You can help! Please go to saveharborside.org to sign up for the Harborside newsletter and sign the petition asking President Obama to stop the war against medical cannabis patients.


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    I am not sure how this is still happening, it seems to be blatant discrimination again MMJ pateients. I love my dispensary they provide safe and easy access to high quality medicine. Not to mention, I am pretty sure drug dealers will not know the strain genetics or what symptoms they are meant to alleviate. This needs to stop, between this and these new marketing bans I am not sure where the MMJ community will stand this time next year.

  2. It’s right thgh if u shut harbor side down people go back buying on streets again and I thght they did ths to stop that so please Dnt shut down obama we need these store they help a lot

  3. obamas a uncle tom if we wanted a black in the white house should have got a real one then pot would b legal real blacks wouldnt take there shit he would kickass and take names

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