Oaksterdam University supporters celebrate 4/20 with a march – San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

Posted on: April 21st, 2012 by admin No Comments

Protester Chris Brown dressed as “Oaksterbong.”

Oaksterdam University supporters celebrated 4/20—the calendar date that matches a code word often associated with pot smoking—with a march in Oakland protesting the recent federal raid of Oaksterdam’s facilities and demanding the federal legalization of medical marijuana.

At 11 am, supporters gathered at the Federal Building on Clay Street in downtown Oakland. Starting off as a rather small gathering of some 30 medical marijuana activists and patients—many in wheelchairs—the group grew to around 200 people by midday. The protesters waved flags and signs reading “Hey Obama! Keep your promise!” and “Cannabis is Medicine. Let’s start to regulate!”

Medical marijuana has been legal in California since the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996, but it remains illegal under federal law. In his 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama had promised not to interfere with state-sanctioned medical marijuana laws.

Jeff Faure, who was holding one of those signs, came here all the way from Porterville, in central California. In his hometown, dispensaries have been banned completely, he said. “I am here because I want to see them legalize cannabis eventually. But the minimum is that medical marijuana patients have a safe access to their medicine,” Faure said. ”We are not the criminals, we are the patients. If they want to take the criminal aspect out of the issue then they need to legalize and regulate cannabis. That way, they would take control of it again.”

Another protester, Jon Gordon of Richmond, said that Obama is the first president he has ever voted for. He is over 50 years old. “I am so disappointed that he is letting us down like this,” he said, referring to the Obama administration’s tough stance on marijuana.

Read the rest of the story by Anne-Sophie Braendlin at Oakland North.

You can find Oakland North’s complete coverage of pot-related issues in Oakland here.

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