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Congress: Melinda Haag not "acting within the spirit or the letter of the law"

220px-Melinda_Haag_US_Attorney.jpgU.S. Attorney Melinda Haag's bizarre pursuit of Bay Area medical marijuana providers has caught the attention of Congress.

In a letter to her bosses at the Department of Justice (DOJ), members of Congress said they believe Haag's actions are "not acting within the spirit or the letter of the law" and that the DOJ has "overstepped its bounds."

The letter was signed by U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) and Sam Farr (D-Monterey).

"It's clear now that Melinda Haag is the real criminal," said Steve DeAngelo, the founder of Harborside Health Center, one of the providers targeted by Haag.

The law referenced in the letter is the Cromnibus spending bill which passed both houses and was signed into law by President Obama in December 2014. The law prohibits the use of federal funds to interfere in medical marijuana programs. The letter also points out that Haag is ignoring instructions from her own bosses to not prosecute cases like this.

Harborside Health Center has a copy of the letter. SF Weekly's Chris Roberts has a great summary of how we got to this point.


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