by the Prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the
government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be
enforced." — Albert Einstein
Oaksterdam University founder Richard Lee marches with other cannabis supporters at a 420 day rally in front of the Federal Building in downtown Oakland, Calif. on Friday, April 20, 2012.
4/20 is supposed to be a day of cannabis celebration, but in Oakland Friday it was a day of protest and demonstration. Angered by the ongoing federal crackdown on medical marijuana distribution and shocked and infuriated by the April 2 raids on Oaksterdam University and associated businesses, protestors gathered outside the federal building in downtown Oakland to denounce the administration before marching to President Obama’s Northern California campaign headquarters to deliver a letter demanding the administration cease and desist.
[…] it’s not just marijuana advocates who are angry. “What happened here two weeks ago with the raid of Oaksterdam was an attack on our local and our members,” said Matt Witemyre, special project union representative for UFCW Local 5, which represents Northern California dispensary workers. “We’re here to register our displeasure with the administration’s actions and we’re stopping by campaign headquarters to let them know we do not support these policies. We’re here in solidarity with our brothers and sisters. They had good jobs and good benefits, and in the midst of the worst economic crisis in the country in decades, the administration is destroying these jobs. It makes no sense,” he fumed.
[…] ”What advantages do we derive from continuing this failed policy of prohibition?” asked [Richard Lee’s replacement as head of Oaksterdam, Dale Sky] Jones. “They’re committing robbery with a badge, empowering terrorists and cartels, and denying a proven medicine to patients in the guise of keeping it from our kids. We ended the first failed Prohibition. We can do it again, President Obama. We must repeal prohibition,” she insisted.
“Effective public safety is the result of healthy communities, not police action. When people come together, as they did in Oaksterdam, that’s when crime is reduced. Now, we’ll have patients forced back into the criminal market, funding organized crime. The public is trying to send a message to Washington, DC, that it’s time to move away from these destructive prohibition policies.”
April 2, 2012 - Federal authorities raid the home and businesses of medical marijuana activist Richard Lee (the originator of Prop 19) - one of which is Oaksterdam University
Obama Wimped Out On Weed
Bill Maher discusses the recent raid on Oaksterdam University.
"Obama is on pace to conduct more raids against medical marijuana dispensaries than George W. Bush."
Medical marijuana advocates on Tuesday vowed to reopen a San Francisco-area college devoted to cannabis cultivation and known as the “Princeton of Pot” a day after federal agents shut down the school in a raid.
Hundreds of protesters rallied in front of San Francisco’s City Hall, some on crutches and in wheelchairs and smoking hand-rolled joints. The demonstrators carried signs that said, “Cannabis is medicine; let states regulate” and chanting “Feds off my meds.”
statement from oaksterdam university founder richard lee:
On Monday, April 2, my school - Oaksterdam University in Oakland - was raided by the DEA, IRS, and US Marshals. Oaksterdam provides training to the medical cannabis industry, and is fully compliant with state and local law.
President Obama promised at the beginning of his administration to respect state medical marijuana laws. He has broken this promise time and time again - and the consequences have been devastating.
This was a senseless act of intimidation. But I’ve been an activist far too long to become intimidated - and with the majority of Americans and common sense on our side, I know this is a fight we can win.
With our government trillions in debt, why is our government using taxpayer dollars to come after me, Oaksterdam, and the thousands of patients who need medical marijuana just to get through the day?
Tell President Obama and the DEA: Enough is enough. Keep your campaign promise, and stop the raids on the medical cannabis industry!
Thanks for your support, Richard Lee
RALLY TODAY IN SAN FRANCISCO! TUESDAY APRIL 3, 2012
BAY AREA UNITY MEDICAL CANNABIS RALLY
Tues, April 3rd - SF City Hall 11 AM - Polk St. Entrance
Followed by Noon March to the U.S. Federal Bldg, 450 Golden Gate
via California NORML
Large turnout expected, especially since Oaksterdam University was raided yesterday by federal authorities: Feds raid “Princeton of Pot” in California | Reuters
As the federal government’s crackdown on the state’s medical marijuana industry expands, the Department of Justice has targeted Richard Lee, the leader of the movement to legalize pot in California, The Bay Citizen has learned.
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag sent a letter to the landlord of Lee’s medical marijuana dispensary, Coffeeshop Blue Sky, ordering its eviction, according to people familiar with the situation.
Lee, a soft-spoken libertarian who uses a wheelchair, is the founder of Oaksterdam University, which offers cultivation classes and business training for the cannabis industry. Last year, he poured $1.5 million into Proposition 19, the marijuana legalization measure that voters rejected.
[…] Medical marijuana advocates said Friday that targeting Lee seemed politically motivated because of his leading role in legalization efforts and the medical marijuana industry.
“It smacks of politics,” said Dale Gieringer of the marijuana advocacy organization California NORML. +