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Federal Agents Raid Legal Marijuana Facilities

April 3, 2012 by  

Federal Agents Raid Legal Marijuana Facilities
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Medical marijuana businesses are legal in the city of Oakland, but they are prohibited by Federal law.

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.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • FreedomFighter

    Medical marijuana businesses are legal in the city of Oakland, but they are prohibited by Federal law.

    We waste to much police resources and federal resources on this, make it legal allready and tax the snot out of it, just like booze, use the tax money to fight hard drugs.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • gonzo

    Maybe a close relative of mine could get some cancer treatment which he desperately needs instead of wasting tax dollars on these worthless agencies which are actually halting progress on cultivating an herb that could be helpful. For arguments sake, even if it did turn out that marijuana was effective in treating any major disease your good old politicians and pharma corporations (same interests) would fight tooth and nail to stop you from cultivating it since you wouldn’t need to buy it at a pharmacy. Wake up America and follow the money. Its always at the bottom of the rabbit hole.

  • s c

    Most likely, this is nothing but a programmed group of dumbed-down stooges trying to make a certain prez ‘look good.’ The once-great state of California, if nothing else, should now understand that the W H wannabe dictator
    will use any tool he has [including hypocrisy or raw stupidity] to get what he wants.
    Because marijuana is California’s #1 cash crop, it has the potential to improve California’s economy and PUT PEOPLE TO WORK. The Anointed Paranoid can’t afford to have a state compete against his monumental ego. That would mean that California isn’t swilling that liquid crap that so important in Obummer’s Big Gubmint religion.
    Obummer will claim morality is at stake. That’s a bit hard to prove in the real world, especially when the creation of JOBS is meaningless to him and a thriving California would probably cost him much-needed electoral votes.
    Follow the money. Follow the stupidity. Follow the incompetence and psychoses. All roads lead directly to the White House, people.

    • cawmun cents

      Its about seeing the 360 degrees,for what it is.
      There was a relaxing of the raids until larger crops were grown…..hmmmm.
      Must be just me,but there has to be a profit somewhere ,sometime,or there wouldnt be a need to raid.It is clearly another example of the feds overreaching state statutes.
      All California has to do is arrest any federal agents who try to arrest California citizens,for doing nwhat has been made law in California.Then prosecute them in state courts.
      The condition betrays the state however when you find that it relys on federal funds to run itself.It would not necessarily need those federal funds if it had a clear form of making a profit from its largest cash crop,but the legislators are deep in love with the feds while in bed with them on many levels.
      After all the welfare state IS California.
      They cannot afford to enact laws that would endanger folks getting a free ride,can they?
      So the medical marijuana community has to suffer today,like bootleggers to the feds of the 1920′s had to suffer then.Its all part of the grand game to legalize and tax it to hell and gone.
      Where insult is added to injury,is where you have a clear cut legal precedence as in California.Nowhere was there a legal precedence in 1920′s America,yet it got done anyway giving rise to villainous tax evaders like Al Capone.The IRS are clearly as villainous as Mr. Capone was but nobody will call them on it so they go free attacking citizens for”voluntary”
      taxes.Much like when they attack cannabis growers for voluntary tax evasion,supposedly.
      It is all a sham to gain control over the market.
      Personally Ilike my cannabis growers to be bootleggers.
      It shows me that some can still stick it to the man.I might even be persuaded to think of them as heroic in one form or another.
      The feds and their ilk gave rise to the Mexican drug cartels by their interference in lawful cannabis growing.
      Unlike other folks I consider this a true conspiracy.
      I believe the funds that are used to fight the drug war are the same ones used to supply the drugs so there can be a drug war.To many of you this may sound crazy,but if you think about how the funds are appropriated in Congress and in the lobbying efforts of constituents,maybe all of a sudden it isnt such a stretch anymore.
      In the end,the medical community suffers.The feds want control of the healthcare,and the only alternatives must assimilate or be crushed.
      Can anyone refute this ideology?Nobody who is sound of mind and body.
      To marijuana growers and bootleggers of every kind,some of which gave rise to racing cars here in America,I raise a toast! God bless all you rebels.Most of America could learn a thing or two from you.
      Bit what do I know?
      Apparently very little……
      Cheers!
      -CC.

  • Vicki

    What I don’t understand is since the Federal Government has no authority to prohibit the possession or sale of marijuana and the State of California has chosen to legalize marijuana, why hasn’t California moved to protect the rights of their citizens to engage in a lawful possession and trade of a lawful product?

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