Oaksterdam University Raided

UPDATE: Not many more details have emerged regarding the purpose of yesterday’s raids. From the Oakland Tribune:

Authorities refused to provide details about the raids carried out by U.S. Marshals and agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency and Internal Revenue Service. Lee was briefly detained in his home, but not arrested, supporters said. Two protesters were arrested as agents seized marijuana plants and other materials from Oaksterdam’s downtown Oakland locations, all of which remained closed Monday.

Thankfully, the gunman at Oikos University in Oakland that murdered seven people and wounded several others while this was happening turned himself in to authorities. With law enforcement wasting time and resources on targeting state-legal educational businesses and legal medical marijuana patients, who knows how long he could have been at large? No one else was hurt by this person, but things could have gone very differently.

The political nature of the targets chosen by the feds has not escaped lawmakers or the marijuana reform community, either. While protestors turned out in large numbers to decry the attacks, legislators from five medical marijuana states were sending a letter to the federal government, asking it to end its interference with state medical marijuana programs.

Americans for Safe Access and other supporters of medical marijuana rights will be holding a press conference today, Tuesday, April 3 at 11:00 a.m. on the steps of City Hall located at 1 Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place in San Francisco. If you are in the Bay Area, let the federal government feel your presence.

 

ORIGINAL (4/2/12 AT 12:47pm EST): For the last several hours, agents from the U.S. Marshals, DEA, and IRS have been conducting a raid on Oaksterdam University and other businesses associated with Proposition 19 proponent Richard Lee. Lee was the primary financial supporter of the attempt to make marijuana legal in California in 2010, and his marijuana businesses in Oakland helped revitalize that area of the city.

Reports are still coming in, but it seems that several people have been arrested in the raids and more are being detained at the scenes.

Supporters of medical marijuana patients and the marijuana reform community were quick to respond in defense of Oaksterdam, which is an industry leader in cannabis science education. Protesters have flooded the area, and there are unconfirmed reports that several have been arrested as well.

While law enforcement has been busy knocking over a pillar of the community, a shooting was taking place at the exact same time at a nearby Christian university. At least eight people have been injured, and as of a few minutes ago, the suspect is still at large.

This is a tragic day for the residents of Oakland. Their public servants need to be using every resource at hand to deal with real problems, not persecuting legitimate, peaceful businesses and medical marijuana patients.

11 thoughts on “Oaksterdam University Raided”

  1. My prayers are with the victims of the nearby University. Perhaps if law enforcement focused more on real issues, they would have had enough manpower to respond to the real crisis in time to do something.

  2. if these cracker jacks would just stop& think,the enormous revenue that this industry would bring in would practicly solve the nations debt problems.. Not to mention,create lots of farming jobs, that SHOULD be in every state. I’m a disabled person in Florida, I pray that one day soon pot will be legal,it’s the only thing that helps with a wide variety illnesses… AND IT’S NATURAL, NOT FULL OF HARMFULL CHEMICALS!

    LEGALIZE TODAY,,, SMOKE TONITE

  3. Misplaced priorities by the police again. Of course the shooter got away, all the police are busting peaceful citizens who aren’t hurting anything or anyone, except for some bureaucrats brand of Morality! Being disabled with a failed low back for the past 19 years, I know for a fact I get more relief from pain and anxiety with God given weed, but lord forgive me if it’s in my system, my Dr. will cut off the Nasty addictive Narcotic Rx’s I’m forced to rely on in PA for pain and he’ll stop seeing me for my work injury, saying I’ll be thrown out of the Clinic… makes sense right?….What a Joke! The damn Oxycontin is synthetic heroin and makes you sick as hell if you quit taking it. Apparently only the drug Co.’s are allowed to furnish (Addictive) medicine for profit! Don’t forget folks, Budweiser Sponsor’s the U.S. Olympics. Yet another reason the Cops are at Oaksterdam, can’t be cutting in on Corp. Profits by smoking weed! Idiot’s. I suppose God made a mistake?

  4. Sad…I have had many friends and acquaintances tell me the Federal crack down on medical marijuana has cost President Obama their votes…

  5. Is there any reason why they have to bust down the door and use commando tactics with automatic weapons?

  6. This continued assault on Americans has to stop. But, the Feds will not just change their minds. Each and everyone of us needs to be heard, loud and clear. No longer is it acceptable to quietly sit back and smoke cannabis. Call, write and email your Senator. Write articles, get elected to Public offices. We are dealing with fundamental rights that our forefathers intended for us, you, me, everyone, to have and fight for!

  7. “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”
    -EDWARD ABBEY

  8. I feel for people who were hurt at the Universty. The City of Oakland in what I’ve seen back Richard Lee and what he’s done with downtown. I think its Holder & the DEA team with Obama that went after Oaksterdam. I hope Richard’s team will come back bigger & stronger. Keep the faith R.Lee, you have Millions of us that are here for you. Keep it Green!

  9. Who ordered the Oaksterdam bust? That person or persons need to be relieved of their power. Their actions are detrimental to society. This phoney war on herb must end – it’s not a war on drugs – it’s a war sponsored by drug manufacturers to knock out the competition. Obama, you have officially lost my vote!

  10. Lets get our priorities strait. Flex the truth and build a fight against pharmasuticle companies. Marijuanna is safer than tylenol! I just can’t understand why we continue to make cartels and illegal entities wealthy from the sale of a plant.

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