Agents with the U.S. Marshals Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service raided Oaksterdam University (OU), a school in Oakland, Calif., that teaches people to raise marijuana.
OU, which claims that its faculty consists of the most knowledgeable people in the medicinal marijuana industry, was founded by Richard Lee in 2007. Lee has been the strongest and most vocal proponent of cannabis legalization in California.
On Monday morning, the agents stormed into Oaksterdam University, Coffeshop Blue Sky, Oaksterdam Museum, the Oaksterdam Gift Shop and Lee’s apartment.
Arlette Lee, an IRS spokeswoman, said the agents were there because of a search warrant.
The raid resulted in about 100 protesters standing outside the yellow tape at OU.
“This isn’t about justice, it’s about revenge and it’s outrageous,” said Stephen DeAngelo, owner of the medical marijuana dispensary Harborside Health Center. “It’s not just an attack on Rich, it’s an attack on every medical cannabis patient in California. It is not coincidental that they are going after the guy who as the lead fundraiser and organizer of Prop 19, which very nearly legalized cannabis in California.”
Medical marijuana businesses are legal in the city of Oakland, but they are prohibited by Federal law.