Oaksterdam University gets a Monday morning federal raid

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Federal agents confiscate trash bags full of cannabis plants from Oaksterdam University at 12:15 p.m. today.
SCREENSHOT VIA OAKTOWNLIVE

Good morning cannabis patients. Hopefully you weren't planning on attending horticulture classes at Oaksterdam University today. The cannabis school in the heart of downtown Oakland is being raided by IRS and the DEA with support from US Marshals right now. 

At this point, little is known about the motivations behind the raid. The Huffington Post reports that an IRS spokesperson could only say that the incursion was authorized by a federal search warrant. There are reports that Oaksterdam owner Richard Lee was also detained and then released early today. 

A throng of protesters have gathered around the taped-off entrance to Oaksterdam, holding signs, heckling official vehicles for lacking valid license plates. Andrew Deangelo, brother of founder of Harborside Health Center Steve Deangelo, pleaded with law enforcement guarding the doors to Oaksterdam to refuse similar assignments "to arrest sick and suffering people" in the future. The federal agents have so far removed documents, safes, and cannabis plants from Oaksterdam. 

Oaksterdam University was founded in 2007 by Richard Lee as a place where patients and caregivers could learn the necessary skills to grow quality cannabis. The syllabus now includes courses in cannabis politics, history, and the legal rights of patients. Lee was one of the primary forces behind the 2010 California ballot measure Proposition 19 that would have legalized marijuana for use across the board. One of the central figures in the cannabis community, this raid is a bold move in a creeping movement by the feds that is curtailing patient access of late. 

A call this morning to Anne Campbell Washington, Quan's chief of staff, yielded little information regarding the city's response. "We don't have information on it yet, because it wasn't our operation," Washington said. 

The Guardian will have a reporter on the scene shortly, so check back here and in this week's Herbwise print column for updates on the fate of the University. 

UPDATE: The LA Times has reported that Richard Lee's house was also raided today. 

Comments

How about, er, it's illegal under Federal law?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 11:40 am

Medical Cannabis use is Exempted under the Single Treaty on Narcotics

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

I have been under the impression that pot has been legal in San Francisco for a while now!! Some ppl really need to grow up and realize that it helps and not hurts!!! Get a life Republicans, I am a democrat all the way!! At least I have a say in what is going on with this world and nation!!

Posted by Guest Saimaa on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

Let me get this straight - A DEMOCRATIC president of the UNITED STATES directs his appointed men to do a raid on the liberal DEMOCRAT controlled california, in the the most liberal part of the state (bay area), but somehow that is the republicans fault? If the house of representives was the ones to initiate this raid, somehow bypassing obama's executive branch where the DEA and Eric holder reside, then I would agree with you. Until then I would say you make yourself look really ignorant and people like you are the ones that allow obama do this to us. The republican's have a lot of faults, but this isn't one of them.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 8:54 am

Most sentences end with only one punctuation.

people is spelled "people."

People who vote and take part in the American style republican form of government have a say.

The president is a democrat. His appointees set the agenda of various law enforcement operations.

Posted by matlock on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

Obama needs to stand up, turn the damn teleprompter off, and get control of his employees. These idiots are running around like drunken cowboys and no one is doing anything to stop them. The people have clearly spoken on this issue. Enough is enough

Posted by Joey on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

You think that Obama's Justice Department has tripled the number of medical marijuana raids previously done by Bush without his approval? Wow you Obamabots are delusional. And I guess it was Obama's "employees" that signed NDAA 2012 too right? And that Obama's employees have kept Gitmo open, the wars raging, the bombs dropping, the Patriot Act resigned, transparency on the back burner, and that assassinated a 16 year old American citizen with no trial or charges? Obama had nothing to do with that.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

I see you hate Obama, but I think you're barking up the wrong tree. The post didnt strike me as an Obama supporter so why all the misplaced personal attacks?

Posted by Sigmarlin on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

I don't think you get what the poster was saying. Obama's many supporters meant well, but they need to confront what has actually been happening under his watch and stop making excuses. He's not spewing hate and vitriol, he's pointing out facts that I keep watching Obama's supporters try to sweep under the carpet. This is not about race or about Democrats vs Republicans this is about our Bill of Rights and our freedom. We can argue all day over which increment went under whose watch, but there is no arguing that it's fast and furious now and if we don't do something soon we'll all be in the gulag

Posted by crunchymama on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

Obama is a sellout. He was all about the MMJ and State Rights until the Pharma companies paid him 3 million to say otherwise. Freaking sellout.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

Just awful scenes. I was just there, al the protesters conductucted themselves with peaceful, righteous indignation. Federal police and OPD covered themselves with shame and disgrace.

Posted by Tim Daw on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

I WAS THERE ALSO,,,IT IS A SHAME THAT THE OAKLAND POLICE HAD TO BE THERE AGAINST THEIR WILL....SHAME PEOPLE DIED BLCCKS AWAY WHEN THEIR PRESENCE WAS SORELY NEEDED FOR THE REAL CRIMES..

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 7:51 am

Why doesn't the Federal Gov't worry about actual crimes and not a PLANT!!!

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

You think that Obama's Justice Department has tripled the number of medical marijuana raids previously done by Bush without his approval? Wow you Obamabots are delusional. And I guess it was Obama's "employees" that signed NDAA 2012 too right? And that Obama's employees have kept Gitmo open, the wars raging, the bombs dropping, the Patriot Act resigned, transparency on the back burner, and that assassinated a 16 year old American citizen with no trial or charges? Obama had nothing to do with that.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

There's supposed to be a protest against the Federal crackdown on medical pot tomorrow "on the steps of city hall" (LA Times), but I can't figure out when, because none of my sources (SFBG,Indymedia, etc.) were kind enough to put out an alert. I guess I'll just have to protest all day long...

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

Supes should show up around 11:30 A.M. to voice their support for medical pot, and at noon there will be a march to the Federal building. (Thank you dailykos)
Be there, or get used to the idea of scoring your herb on Haight Street or Dolores Park once again.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

Owellian Thought Police in action! It's a school. Did they hold the interrogations in room 101?

Posted by Rick on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

Not many people in Ca could give a shit about people smoking pot.

The medical part of this equation is laughable.

The left will go crying to the fed when it works for them.

I would guess that most Californians see this issue mostly in a variation of those three grey areas.

The problem at this stage is that everyone knows someone who at this stage has the sickness of not being stoned. The lack of outrage is that most people understand that 70% of the card holders are just sick of not being stoned.

Posted by matlock on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

Occupy marijuana! We need help with gun control and violent crime, not DEA agents raiding peacefully functioning business.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

do is that the fed doesn't give a shit what you say.

You want the fed to solve your problems in one area, well you just allowed then to fuck you in another.

Keep dreaming J E Hooover.

Posted by matlock on Apr. 02, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

Obama signed an executive order outlawing peaceful protests. It's apparently ok when Egypt or Libya does it, in fact we we tell the president to step down, but here in the "Land of the FREE"? no way. King Obama will not have any part of that. We need Hillary or Ron Paul in there or the country is doomed.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 12:44 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

I don't think its necessarily the best route to go, but the feds are forcing us into a corner. Weed is apart of our culture, and the federal government is trying to strip that culture from us. This was the same justification that was used in the South. However, our justification is even more just. Because our justification doesn't hurt anyone. It helps people. We are the 5th largest economie out there.. We can live alone.. We would be another Great Britain.

The Independent Republic of California.. It's time to leave this tea party.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

That's a real recipe for success.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

impacting this too-big, unworkable union.

However I believe listing the desire to smoke as the primary motivator for secession is probably a politically unwise choice. There are better motivators - like the fact that CA only gets back .71 cents of every dollar we send to DC.

Posted by Troll II on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

well in eastern europe.

the point with being in a federation is that you give up some things to gain others.

We can't run the entire country by zip code

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

Your country has declared war on you. What part of that sentence do you not understand? I know, you feel like its impossible. What could you have possibly done to enrage the powers the be. I am sure you have been a good little hippy all your life. I am sure you have always kept the party mellow, never raised your voice, and never felt hate run through your veins. Well now its time to wake the hell up. Occupy has been taking beatings and hits in the name of everyones rights. Only to have the Mainstream Media lead sheeple sit back in their homes and play "arm chair qb" on civil rights. Because thats what we are fighting for people here. CIVIL RIGHTS and you better get your act together and start fighting with us. Otherwise this whole thing you call California is going to be gone. The Feds have obviously shown in the last 6 months that they don't regard your feelings, your votes, the laws of CA as valid. They feel as though they have the right to run our lives locally from Washington. They will eventually make gardening illegal, and force feed us GMO food. When are you going to stand up and say no.. When you have a gun in your back.. or when you have a chance to really fight. We need to either force the federal government to respect the laws of the state of California. Otherwise the people of this great state of California; the 5th LARGEST Economy in the world (or US) needs to start really considering secession from the union. I know it sounds crazy because we aren't Texas. But the thing is.. We could actually pull it off. If we left the USA we would cripple the federal government. Honestly, I would assume the feds would invade CA.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

This infuriates me. STOP WASTING MY TAX DOLLARS ON STUPID FUCKING SHIT. Man I can't wait till the old farts die and their ignorance dies with them.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

since the 70's, people were probably saying it at least 20 years before that. At the coffee shop they are listening to you.

The ironic thing is that the progressives want to legislate everyones lives in many other areas.

Posted by matlock on Apr. 03, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

People in the pot business should not be on television, putting this federally illegal business on the agenda of opponents who would otherwise be ignorant to its very existence. Here in Washington they raided dispensaries selling large quantities of pot, oxycodone and other illegal activity. Compliant nedical facilities were left alone. Stay compliant and out of all media if possible. t

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

Capitalism is freedom .

Trade unions and Democrats make captalism fair for working people.

Drugs are bad.

Capitalism is good.

God loves USA, capitalism, but hates drugs and communism.

You are not brainwashed slaves.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2012 @ 12:50 am

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