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Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Harborside Health Center has released a whimsical political satire, "The Haag." First performed as a live play in front of Oakland City Hall last summer at an Obama demonstration co-sponsored by CA NORML, the
YouTube video depicts the federal actions against the state's
medical marijuana dispensaries in storybook fashion.
For the last several years, the U.S. Attorney for the
Northern California District,
Melinda Haag, has waged a brutal offensive against
medical cannabis patients and the dispensaries where they get their medicine.
This offensive has closed hundreds of state-legal, locally compliant dispensaries in
Northern California and threatens others like Harborside Health Center. Oaksterdam University in
Oakland was raided on
April 2, 2012, by DEA and IRS agents.
The Haag is meant to be a humorous meditation on a very serious subject. Inspired by Dr. Seuss and conceived by activist-attorney
James Anthony, The Haag was written and illustrated by Goose Duarte, a.k.a. "Dr. Geuss."
The video is directed by
Richard Parks, narrated by
Andrew DeAngelo, animated by
Luke Graves, and produced by
Steve DeAngelo and Harborside.
"We could have made a documentary that depicted how stressed out and worried we are, how petrified our families are, not to mention our employees," said
Andrew DeAngelo, director of operations for Harborside Health Center.
"Being in the cross-hairs of the Feds is scary as hell. Fortunately, one of the healing properties of the cannabis plant its ability to help us see things from different perspectives. Humor is a childlike quality everyone needs in their adult lives, yet it is often misplaced. Cannabis restores us. That is the lesson and the spirit in which The Haag was created."