Feds sue landlord of Berkeley marijuana dispensary

May 8, 2013 2:38:34 PM PDT
Four members of the Berkeley City Council are planning on gathering to protest a federal lawsuit filed against the city's largest medical marijuana outlet.

The goal of the lawsuit is to seize the property from its landlord.

The Contra Costa Times reports the suit accuses Berkeley Patients Group of breaking federal drug laws by allowing the sale of marijuana. It claims landlord Nahla Droubi is subject to seizure of her property.

The suit comes nearly a year after Berkeley Patients Group was forced to close its previous location down the street on San Pablo Avenue when the landlord there received a letter threatening seizure for the same reason. The newspaper says the letter also cited the fact that it was too close to two nearby schools.

Sean Luse, chief operations officer for Berkeley Patients Group, said he looks forward to fighting the suit in court.

(ABC7 News contributed to this report.)