By Oscar Pascual |
Federal Prosecutor Melinda Haag ended her reign as Northern California’s most notorious Drug Warrior by announcing her resignation Wednesday.
Haag, 53, announced her plans to step down on September 1, reports the Contra Costa Times.
“The reality is that at some point the track ends and I think it’s the right time,” Haag told the times. “The time to step down is when the end is in sight and things are going well. We’re in that window of time.”
Haag was known for notable cases that accused former Senator Leland Yee of extortion and former baseball player Barry Bonds of perjury. However, she will be best remembered for wasting huge amounts of federal resources at state-approved legal marijuana dispensaries, such as the Berkeley Patient’s Group and Oakland’s Harborside Health Center.
The prosecutor’s usual misuse of federal funds to attack state-approved pharmacies was enough to anger California Congresswoman Dana Rohrabacher, who said Haag was “breaking the law” in her efforts to shut down pharmacies like Harborside. to confiscate.
“In 2012, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag initiated a civil forfeiture order to close the doors of the Harborside Health Center. At the time, I swore that Harborside would never let our patients down, and we’ve been fighting Ms. Haag in federal court ever since,” Steve DeAngelo, co-founder and executive director of Harborside Health Center, said in a statement. “I’ve always believed Harborside would outlast Ms. Haag, so we’re both relieved and delighted to hear that she’s stepping down.”
Although Haag’s plans to close America’s largest pharmacy never materialized, she seems satisfied.
“I hope I have had the effect of improving the reputation of the office,” Haag said. “I feel like we accomplished most of our goals.”
The resignation of Haag is something that DeAngelo can now hang his hat on.
“The one goal she has definitely failed to achieve is closing Harborside Health Center,” DeAngelo said. “We hope her successor will have a more attuned understanding of compassion and justice than Ms. Hague has shown, and that Harborside can focus on serving our patients rather than fighting a lawsuit that should never have been started.”
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