As we wrote back in 2011, “poked by last year’s failed initiative to legalize marijuana for personal use in California, Federal prosecutors are cracking down on medical-marijuana dispensaries, leaning on landlords by way of forfeiture laws to do their dirty work.”
Last week, the U.S. attorney for Northern California, Melinda Haag, filed a forfeiture proceeding against 2441 Mission Street which is leased to the “Shambhala Healing Center,” a city-licensed medical marijuana dispensary. It is the first such forfeiture filing for a leased dispensary’s real estate in San Francisco.
From the San Francisco Examiner:
Shambhala Healing Center shut down in summer 2012 after receiving a letter from Haag in February 2012. Property owners Ebrahim and Valentin Poura, of Beverly Hills, then attempted to evict the dispensary from the building they have owned outright since the 1970s.
However, since the dispensary had a long-term lease and did not violate state or local law, Shambhala could not be evicted through the state courts system, where eviction cases are heard, according to Eric Safire, an attorney for the Pouras.
“We did everything within our legal bounds to comply [with Haag’s demands],” Safire said. “The tenant has a lawful business … and a lawful, long-term lease.”
The dispensary resumed operating this past November.
∙ A Real (Estate) Attack On Medical-Marijuana Dispensaries [SocketSite]
∙ Feds move to seize SF pot club building [Examiner]