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Berkeley Patients Group, Shuttered by Feds, Reopens in California

By Thomas H. Clarke December 20, 2012 Berkeley Patients Group, Shuttered by Feds, Reopens in California
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BERKELEY, CA — The Berkeley Patients Group dispensary reopened for business on Wednesday down the street from a former location that was closed in May under pressure from the federal government.

The longtime community stalwart, founded in 1999 by leading names in the state’s medical marijuana movement, was forced to shut down at its former location in May following asset forfeiture threats to its landlord by federal prosecutors.

Even though it was forced to close the doors of their brick and mortar location last spring, the Berkeley Patients Group has continued to serve patients, operating as a delivery service. But now they have a storefront dispensary again, and it’s just a block and a half down San Pablo Avenue from the former location.

“We are happy to be getting back to work, serving our patients and providing good jobs for our employees,” Brad Senesac, spokesman for the dispensary, said in statement.

In August, Nahla Droubi of Moraga, the owner of the new lot where Berkeley Patients Group relocated to, said she is confident her property will not be seized by the federal government.

“Our property is not close to any school,” Droubi said at the time. “The previous landlord had a very good experience with this group. He said they were very organized and most important thing is they had no violations and great security.”

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