PATIENTS, PROPERTY OWNERS AND COOPERATIVES
SUE U.S. GOVERNMENT, SEEK IMMEDIATE HALT
TO MEDICAL CANNABIS CRACKDOWN

SAN FRANCISCO – Lawyers for a growing coalition of Californians who suddenly find themselves under attack by the state’s four U.S. Attorneys – including patients, property owners and medical cannabis cooperatives – will file suit against the federal government, seeking an immediate halt to a statewide crackdown.

The lawsuit will be brought simultaneously in each of the four federal districts in California – San Francisco (Northern), Sacramento (Eastern), Los Angeles (Central) and San Diego (Southern) – where U.S. Attorneys have threatened criminal prosecution of both tenants and landlords where medical cannabis dispensaries exist. The four U.S. Attorneys have also threatened the landlords with forfeiture of their properties.

A press conference will be held in San Francisco Monday morning to announce the lawsuit.

Who: Patients, landlords and medical cannabis cooperatives

What: Press conference to announce lawsuit against U.S. government

When: 11 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 7

Where: Kumin Sommers LLP
The Flood Building
870 Market Street, Suite 428, San Francisco

The lawsuit will seek an immediate order from a federal judge to stop the crackdown on cooperatives, property owners and businesses that support them. (Americans for Safe Access also filed suit last month against the federal government, but did not seek an immediate restraining order.)

“This is a multi-pronged, organized effort to get into court and to send a message to the federal government that we need to stop the aggression and sit down and talk reasonably about these issues,” said San Francisco attorney Matt Kumin, one of the lawyers bringing the federal suit forward.

Details of the lawsuit will be discussed at Monday’s press conference. Plaintiffs and attorneys will be available for interviews.

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