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  Federal Agents Raid Medical Marijuana University
Posted by CN Staff on April 02, 2012 at 10:35:18 PT
By The Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 

medical Oakland, Calif. -- Federal agents on Monday raided a San Francisco Bay area medical marijuana training school at the heart of California’s pot legalization movement.

The doors to Oaksterdam University in downtown Oakland were cordoned off by yellow tape and blocked by U.S. marshals. Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration carted trash bags of unknown materials out of the school to a waiting van.

Arlette Lee, an IRS spokeswoman, told reporters that agents were serving a federal search warrant but said she could not otherwise comment on the purpose of the raid.

“What we are doing here today is under seal,” Lee said.

About a dozen protesters upset over the raid gathered out front of the multistory building adorned with a large mural that makes the school one of the neighborhood’s most visible landmarks. Some of them smoked marijuana openly.

The demonstrators held signs demanding an end to federal crackdowns on medical marijuana.

Ryan Hooper, 26, of Oakland, wearing an Oaksterdam hat and sweatshirt, said he had finished taking courses at the school in February.

“This is not in the best interest of the city,” Hooper said. “If they close the dispensaries, all of this stuff is going to go back underground.”

Oaksterdam University was founded by Richard Lee, the main backer of the California ballot measure defeated in 2010 that would have legalized marijuana in the state for recreational use. The neighborhood has also been home to several medical marijuana dispensaries, including one founded by Lee.

Lee did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The city of Oakland has long allowed four medical marijuana dispensaries to legally operate under city ordinances and recently awarded permits that would allow four more to open.

At the same time, federal prosecutors across California have been working for months to shut down dispensaries by threatening to seize landlords’ property if they did not evict marijuana retailers.

Associated Press writer Marcus Wohlsen in San Francisco contributed to this report.

Source: Associated Press (Wire)
Published: Monday, April 2, 2012
Copyright: 2012 The Associated Press

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Comment #10 posted by runruff on April 03, 2012 at 16:02:58 PT
5 justuses on the supreme cork!
The fascist five I call them.

I beg my god to smite them down. I say, oh god please smite the FF down until they are smote real good. Smote them until they are smoted out of there! Yes, smite makes right! I would dote over a good smote! Smoting is gods way of saying,"outta there, fascist swine, I smote thee!

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Comment #9 posted by Richard Zuckerman on April 02, 2012 at 15:57:00 PT:

Interstate commerce clause litigation:
We need the lawyers to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule the interstate commerce clause case law dated in 1940s, so that States would be able to regulate intrastate commerce and local commerce under the 9th or 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution!!! It applies to the raw milk prohibition controversy, too. I read recently that a Friend-of-The-Court brief had been filed in the U.S. Supreme Court on this interstate commerce clause issue in regards to the pending Obamacare health care law, and I am hoping that at least one Justice at least makes mention of this problem of how liberal the interstate commerce clause is giving federal prosecutors authority to interfere with States' Rights!!

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Comment #8 posted by FoM on April 02, 2012 at 15:40:41 PT
duzt
I hope they aren't either but I have always had bad vibes about this happening. Patterns seem to go the same way.

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Comment #7 posted by duzt on April 02, 2012 at 15:24:49 PT
HHC
Harborside is fine so far, both in SJ and Oakland. I'm hoping they aren't next.

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Comment #6 posted by FoM on April 02, 2012 at 13:27:55 PT
Hope
This is really serious from what I am reading. There also was a shooting at a college too in Oakland. I hope there isn't any connection like the shooter being an mmj patient.

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Comment #5 posted by FoM on April 02, 2012 at 11:34:41 PT
Hope
It is sad. I wonder if Harborside has been raided in the past? I wonder if they will raid the boys from Colorado. When people go ahead of the law and then are on TV it is like waving a red flag in front of a bull.

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Comment #4 posted by Hope on April 02, 2012 at 11:10:13 PT
This makes me so sad.
I'm so sorry this happened.

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Comment #3 posted by FoM on April 02, 2012 at 11:06:41 PT
Feds Raid Three Oakland Medical Marijuana Sites
URL: http://www.insidebayarea.com/oakland-tribune/ci_20307177/feds-raid-oakland-cannabis-college

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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 02, 2012 at 11:03:04 PT
Oaksterdam University Raided by Feds
URL: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Oaksterdam-University-Raided-by-Feds-145765015.html

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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 02, 2012 at 10:37:10 PT
I've Always Wondered
I've always wondered why they haven't been hassled before now.

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