UPDATE: Oaksterdam University Raided by Feds

 by lucy

Federal officials raided Oakland’s Oaksterdam University Monday morning at approximately 8 a.m.

Oaksterdam is a staple in the medical marijuana community and has played a large role in acceptance and growth of the medical marijuana community in California throughout the past 5 years since it opened in 2007.

Officers wearing DEA, IRS, and US Marshal uniforms surrounded the building with yellow crime scene tape and entered the medical marijuana facility.  At about 9 a.m. agents brought out trash bags of unknown materials from the building.

A reason for the raid has not been released.  Officials elected not to comment, only stating that the raid was part of an “ongoing investigation.”

Oaksterdam Museum was also blocked off, as well as the Oaksterdam gift shop and the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative.  A total of four different areas were cordoned off by the federal officials.

UPDATE 2:00 PST: Aside from the aforementioned raids, officials have also raided the home of  Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam, as well as the home of a friend of Lee’s.

In addition to the raid of his home, Lee was also brought in for questioning.  He was later released.

Of the raids, Oaksterdam Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones stated to the press, “This is a calculated attack across the state on everyone who is trying to bring the cannabis industry out of the darkness and into the light.  They’re going after industry leaders one at a time.”

A growing crowd gathered around the raids, vocalizing their disappointment in the continued federal involvement in shutting down the California medical marijuana system– a system which was approved by the voters of California.  Over 100 people came together to show their support for Oaksterdam and medical marijuana.

These raids came only weeks after the city of Oakland showed its continuing support for medical marijuana in the city by approving the addition of 4 new collectives in the city, which would have doubled the previous number of locations.  Oakland city officials have worked to create a well-regulated system of collectives that provide safe opportunities for patients to access their medicine.





19 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    jibsnmoney said on Apr 2, 2012

    Soooo lame and waste of tax dollars…why not educated kids with the money rather than letting the DEA run around on a power trip with guns as there metal penises

  2. 1

    dayzaway99 said on Apr 2, 2012

    Hey what the fuck is this all about ??

  3. 2

    dallas said on Apr 2, 2012

    No local authorities notified.

    The Fed exercises its “awesome” power over the states and “against” the direction of the Obama Administration.

  4. 0

    BlazinAlberts said on Apr 2, 2012

    Ive had the shittiest day and now this

  5. 0

    malawi-Pol said on Apr 2, 2012


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    said on Apr 2, 2012

    Of course they want to silence cannabis… Fuck obama

  7. 0

    said on Apr 2, 2012

    questioned and released??? WTF does THAT mean?

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      Tokeahontas said on Apr 2, 2012

      It means he wasn’t immediately arrested in conjunction with the raids. Which means they were prob just looking for information for now.

  8. 5

    fish2find said on Apr 2, 2012

    While this was going down a few blocks away a student shot 10 and killed 7, but the oinkers dont want to go after armed criminals that kill people, they have sick people in wheel chairs to go after. DISGUSTING!!

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      dallas said on Apr 5, 2012

      To be fair… it was the DEA & IRS in these raids. Granted… that is what makes this more troublesome. Ironically, the DEA & IRS would tell the local authorities that the mass shooting was out of their jurisdiction and couldn’t get involved in a local investigation. Too bad they don’t ALSO apply that to marijuana.

  9. 1

    roadkill said on Apr 3, 2012

    wow cop were at the wrong school. cant stop a shooting but they can stop the growing. the dea is the biggest bully an they need a beat down.

  10. 1

    ChronicStank said on Apr 3, 2012

    The typical old fogies at the Fed level are as old as the ‘ Harrison Drug Act ‘ who made back in 1914 and are still in charge. When that generation finally dies out, perhaps the mmj laws will change for the better.

    The movie “Reefer Madness” didn’t help matters at all way back in the day either.

    Evil devil weed, all are doomed to a life of bondage to those who use it, hahahahaha !

    Meanwhile, cigs are killing people all day long everyday …

  11. 0

    Gossett said on Apr 3, 2012

    Because of all of this crack down shit I now have to travel about an hour and a half more by bus to get it. Whereas before I had a dependable dispensary right around the corner. I am so pissed at what is going on right now. Please tell me how traveling more is suppose help me get the meds that I need. Screw the Feds!!!!

  12. 0

    Elvers said on Apr 3, 2012

    This is what I’ve been trying to tell you guy’s but no one is listening or reading what I’m trying to say, You guy’s think you know it all. one stay under the radar. two don’t try to push your weight around. just because we got it passed if somebody screw’s it up witch is happening your going to fuck it up for everybody else then will all be shit out of luck.!! keep it down stay out of the lime light!!

  13. 0

    outabud420 said on Apr 4, 2012

    How much longer can we as Americans continue to take this abuse… For one thing if it wasnt for us paying our taxes those fucks wouldnt have a job….So we pay for their job and they turn around and punch us in the chest…ITS Bullshit!!!! Just look at a history book and think Nazi Germany….What will our government try to pull next??

  14. 0

    rikyt said on Apr 4, 2012

    Obama will not get my vote this time! Tuck Them All!

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    dayzaway99 said on Apr 4, 2012

    we shouldnt have made it so easy for them to just go in and take what they want some. Those dea pigs will pay. They wont get away with this. Obama and his illuminati bull shit. fake black president, Indonesian Muslim piece of shit. Smokes out everyday and hes letting this happen. I am enraged, and if you dont step up and do something when it happens somewhere else, theres not gonna be anything to defend in your city

  16. 0

    Spliffz said on Apr 5, 2012

    What the fuck… Switch the cigs with blunts and you’ll get more capital then you get by regulating cigs.. You will also have more people paying your fucking taxes since they won’t die from the cigs you can’t get rid off because it brings in the money.. Then they go and raid a fucking school. Wow. Keep dragging marijuana into darkness as if it was a damn demon on a killing spree and keep the cigs and alcohol in the shining light and with it the millions of deaths they causes. Got to love them conservative people, were not in the 50s any more just die and let the new generation take over and get rid off them useless laws that’s been in place for decades.

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    HeadHunter said on Apr 5, 2012

    When you hear shit like this and the federal government is bullying the state government, it makes you wonder how many people would vote for a succession from the union. If only to do as the voters want, and not have Big Brother using old fashioned scare tactics. I’m not the hugest obama fan but I’m not sure why he’s being attributed personally so much blame. Last I heard he DIDNT want the feds messing with state regulated shit, I totally agree on him being lackadaisical about actually Helping…… Hate if you want to hate though it matters none to me. We can at least agree on WEEEEEEEEEEED!!! Vapor Time! Peace

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