Federal judge grants motions to strike claims from City of Berkeley, CA and 6 patients in attempted forfeiture of Berkeley Patients Group dispensary.

Judge Jon S. Tigar has granted motions to strike claims from the City of Berkeley, CA (represented by our friends at the Drug Policy Alliance) and six medical marijuana patients of the Berkeley Patients Group (BPG). Judge Tigar reasoned that the individual patients and the City of Berkeley lacked sufficient constitutional standing, as claimants, to challenge the attempted forfeiture of BPG's licensed dispensary at 2366 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA.

Subsequent to the order, Judge Tigar scheduled an August 28th hearing to consider a U.S. Government motion for summary judgment, against the individual patients and the City of Berkeley, that threatens to, if successful, absent a contrary appellate ruling or reconsideration, effectively remove the individual patients and the City as parties defending against the forfeiture of the property.

BPG's claim contesting the forfeiture, however, remains intact.

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