You Tell Us: Questioning the medical marijuana crackdown in California – San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

Posted on: April 23rd, 2012 by admin No Comments

In early April, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Internal Revenue Service raided Oaksterdam, a medical marijuana trade school in Oakland, California.

Oakland pot protest targets Obama – San Jose Mercury News

Posted on: April 20th, 2012 by admin No Comments

OAKLAND — Medical cannabis proponents took to the streets Friday decrying the Obama Administration’s statewide crackdown on dispensaries and the recent raid of Oaksterdam University. About 80 protesters chanting “Obama keep your promise” marched several blocks from the Federal Building on Clay Street to Obama’s Oakland campaign headquarters on Telegraph Avenue at 17th Street — less than two blocks from Oaksterdam

Is this the beginning of the end for medical cannabis in California? – KALW

Posted on: April 20th, 2012 by admin No Comments

The traditional weather prediction for March is that if it comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb. This year the aphorism may also apply to April for the Bay Area medical cannabis community.  It’s become a bit of a tradition for the US Drug Enforcement Agency to undertake highly-publicized raids or other actions near the calendar date of April 20 – that’s 4/20, a slang term denoting a time to smoke marijuana.  But this year they came early, raiding Oaksterdam University in Oakland on April 3. The DEA has been forcing the closure of certain dispensaries in the Bay Area, and around the state, since last October.

Medical marijuana backers plan Friday protest in Oakland – Inside Bay Area

Posted on: April 19th, 2012 by admin No Comments

The future of Richard Lee’s cannabis-related entities remains in flux after a federal raid earlier this month left some of them with little more than their office furniture. Oaksterdam University, the nation’s first cannabis trade school, is retreating to a single room at its soon-to-be former downtown Oakland headquarters, and the Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum remains closed indefinitely, officials announced during a Wednesday news conference at the school. Meanwhile, Lee is working with city officials to transfer control of the Coffeeshop Blue Sky medical marijuana dispensary, which shares a storefront with the museum at Broadway and 19th Street, to a new operating group led by the dispensary’s former employees

Medical marijuana backers plan Friday protest in Oakland – San Jose Mercury News

Posted on: April 19th, 2012 by admin No Comments

The future of Richard Lee’s cannabis-related entities remains in flux after a federal raid earlier this month left some of them with little more than their office furniture. Oaksterdam University, the nation’s first cannabis trade school, is retreating to a single room at its soon-to-be former downtown Oakland headquarters, and the Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum remains closed indefinitely, officials announced during a Wednesday news conference at the school. Meanwhile, Lee is working with city officials to transfer control of the Coffeeshop Blue Sky medical marijuana dispensary, which shares a storefront with the museum at Broadway and 19th Street, to a new operating group led by the dispensary’s former employees.

California’s "Princeton of Pot" reopens in bare-bones state – Chicago Tribune

Posted on: April 19th, 2012 by admin No Comments

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) – A California school known as the “Princeton of Pot” has reopened after a federal raid, but with a bare-bones staff of volunteers to teach the art of cannabis cultivation, after the crackdown crimped its funding and forced it to lay off 25 paid employees. The raid earlier this month on Oaksterdam University, which offers courses on the growing and dispensing of marijuana, turned the Oakland-based school into the latest flashpoint between federal law enforcement and medical cannabis advocates in states where pot has been decriminalized for medicinal purposes

“California, 90420″: The great marijuana hypocrisy – Salon

Posted on: April 18th, 2012 by admin No Comments

During a road trip to a quasi-legal medical marijuana growing facility in the legendary cheeba-producing region around Mendocino, Calif., a couple of students from Oaksterdam University encounter a cheerful little guy in a cowboy hat known as Human (no other name given).

What does the raid on Oaksterdam mean for Medicial Marijuana nationwide? – Bay Area Indymedia

Posted on: April 18th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Last week, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Internal Revenue Service raided Oaksterdam, a medical marijuana trade school in Oakland, California.[1] The DEA said the raid was part of an ongoing criminal investigation.[2] According to San Francisco DEA spokeswoman Jocelyn Barnes, the reason for the raid was “[m]arijuana continues to be a federally controlled substance, despite the fact that California voted to make medical marijuana legal…[3]” The raid on Oaksterdam is part of the federal government’s larger effort to shutter California’s budding medical marijuana industry, which experts estimate is worth $1.7 billion annually.[4] As part of this multi-agency crackdown, the DEA is raiding medical marijuana providers who are compliant with state and local law.[5] In addition, the IRS is taxing providers to death by auditing them at an unprecedented rate,[6] as well as enforcing an arcane tax policy that prohibits providers from claiming standard business deductions available to all other businesses.[7] Even the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has weighed in on the issue, prohibiting gun dealers from selling firearms to medical marijuana patients registered their qualified patient status with the state.[8] The mere specter of federal enforcement has had a tremendous impact on stifling the industry. Landlords[9] and banks[10] have abandoned their relationships with medical marijuana providers

Recent raid no damper on interest in Oakland’s medical marijuana business – Contra Costa Times

Posted on: April 16th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Despite the recent federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries and last week’s raid on Oaksterdam University, it appears that the four groups approved last month to open dispensaries in Oakland still want to get into the medical marijuana business. The Oakland Community Collective is moving forward to open at 2101 Broadway by mid-to-late summer, member Scott Hawkins said. The other three groups to get permits have the added burden of finding new locations after the city nixed their proposed sites for being too close to schools or parks

Recent raid no damper on interest in Oakland’s medical marijuana business – Oakland Tribune

Posted on: April 14th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Despite the recent federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries and last week’s raid on Oaksterdam University, it appears that the four groups approved last month to open dispensaries in Oakland still want to get into the medical marijuana business.

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