Melinda Haag

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Melinda Haag
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United States Attorney for the Northern District of California
Assumed office
Preceded by Joseph Russoniello[1]
Constituency Northern District of California
Personal details
Born 1961 (age 53–54)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of California, San Diego
UC Berkeley School of Law

Melinda L. Haag[2] (born 1961) is U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

In 1983, Haag graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. In 1987, Haag received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.[3]


Melinda Haag is serving as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California after being nominated for the position by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in August 2010.

As U.S. Attorney, Haag oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought and defended on behalf of the United States in the Northern District of California, which encompasses San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, Del Norte, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties. She supervises an office of more than 115 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handle a high volume of cases that include white collar crime, gang violence and organized crime, narcotics and firearms trafficking, public integrity and civil rights violations, human trafficking and child exploitation, computer intrusions and intellectual property theft, environmental violations, and export enforcement and national security matters. Haag serves as Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

Appointment as U.S. Attorney[edit]

Haag was appointed to the U.S. Attorney's office by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed without debate by the Senate in August 2010.[1]

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Closures[edit]

Haag has been aggressively closing large state approved medical marijuana dispenseries including efforts to seize the property of landlords of those dispensaries. [1][2]

Melinda Haag filed federal court complaints against medical pot dispensaries alleging they violate U.S. law prohibiting marijuana distribution. The complaints are part of a campaign Haag has waged against medical marijuana operations in California, despite assurances from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that cannabis operations that comply with state law would not be targeted by the Department of Justice.

"The larger the operation, the greater the likelihood that there will be abuse of the state's medical marijuana law, and marijuana in the hands of individuals who do not have a demonstrated medical need," Haag said. The complaints rely on alleged violation of federal drug law in asserting the U.S. government's right to seize the properties where the medical marijuana is dispensed.

Ana Chretian owns one of the properties and leases space to Harborside, a large dispensary. Her attorney, Geoff Spellberg, said the federal forfeiture action would shut down her own business, ABC security, which employs about 250 people and operates out of the same building. [3]


  1. ^ a b "Melinda Haag Confirmed As U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California". August 5, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Meet Melinda L. Haag". April 12, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Meet the U.S. Attorney". US Attorney for the Northern District of California. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 

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