Oakland's Harborside Health Center labels itself as the "largest pot shop on the planet," but it may be in serious danger now. The Huffington Post reported late on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, that a federal judge rejected a lawsuit filed by the city on behalf of the shop.
U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James dismissed the suit from the City of Oakland against Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag that had sought to block the closure of Harborside. Proceedings by Haag to shut down Harborside began in July, and it was due to the fact that the shop had become too large of a business.
"The world's largest pot shop" is remaining open while striving in court to keep its doors open.
"We are, of course, disappointed in today’s ruling," said Steve DeAngelo, Harborside's executive director, in a statement. "In the meantime, Harborside will continue to provide our patients with the very best cannabis medicines we can find, in the safest and most beautiful environment we can create, with the very highest level of care and service."
Harborside has locations in both Oakland and San Jose, and they serve close to 108,000 patients. The stores sell close to $20 million in products every single year, and that generates $3 million in state, local, and federal tax revenue annually.
Oakland attorneys state that closing Harborside would drastically hurt the health and well-being of so many residents that depend on the medical marijuana supplier.