Oaksterdam University Raided by Feds

Oakland's Oaksterdam University was taken over by federal officials Monday morning.

Officers wearing U.S. Marshals, IRS and DEA jackets swarmed the Oakland medical marijuana facility on Broadway before 8 a.m. Investigators put yellow crime tape around the entire building.

Just after 9 a.m. agents brought out trash bags of unknown materials to a waiting van.

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The nearby Oaksterdam Museum was also being blocked off, according to NBC Bay Area's Christie Smith, as was the Oaksterdam gift shop and the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative.

In all, at least four locations were sealed off by the feds.

Oaksterdam is considered by many as the heart of California's pot legalization movement.

Officials on the scene were not commenting on their purpose other than to say that it was part of "an ongoing investigation." Internal Revenue Service spokeswoman Arlette Lee said that the investigation was under seal in a Northern District Court.

Oaksterdam is a cannabis college has been in business since 2007.

It was founded by Richard Lee, who was the main backer of the California ballot measure defeated in 2010 that would have legalized marijuana in the state for recreational use.

It's website says it "provides students with the highest quality training for the cannabis industry. Our faculty is comprised of the most recognized names in the California cannabis legalization movement."

Check back for updates.

Below is a special CNBC report on Oaksterdam.

- Article from NBC News.

UPDATE

Americans for Safe Access has confirmed: "RAID currently happening at Oaksterdam University - DEA and IRS. Please come show support, bring signs, get the word out. 1600 Broadway and 1776 Broadway Oakland!" Go to the ASA Facebook page for more.

Comments

don't come here...

It's dangerous down here anymore. A least we got that pesky Mr. Lee off of the streets. That wheel chair of his can be a serious problem so they just took him off the streets. You don't even have to take a number, they'll get to you sooner or later.

american universities are

american universities are better off teaching foreign students nuclear physics and how to develop a nuclear weapon than teach them how to grow a plant.we live in a very dangerous prohibitionist time thanks to Obama.People like to see a flash of light followed by a blast and they will see one.

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Ignorance in MS

Look at the ignorant politicians we deal with in MS! Congressman Palazzo:

March 30, 2012
Dear Senator Baria:
Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts regarding H.R. 1983, the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act. As your Congressman, I am committed to putting the needs of Mississippi families first and knowing your views and ideas on Federal legislation is critical in order to best represent you. To this extent, your comments and ideas are always appreciated.

As you know, H.R. 1983 would change federal policy on medical marijuana in a number of ways. Specifically, the measure would change the listing of marijuana from a Schedule I drug, classified as having no medical value, to a Schedule II drug, which would recognize marijuana's medical efficacy and create a regulatory framework for the U.S. Food and Drug Administrative to begin a drug approval process for marijuana. The bill would also prevent interference by the federal government in any local or state run medical marijuana program.

Further, there is no scientific evidence that has shown marijuana to be safe and effective for treating any medical condition. This is primarily because its alleged therapeutic utility has yet to be sufficiently demonstrated in well-controlled clinical trials. Evidence also shows that smoking marijuana, even in small amounts, carries inherent health risks that far exceed its therapeutic benefits. In fact, the American Medical Association and the American Cancer Society both reject the claim that marijuana has therapeutic value. I believe with safer and less addictive treatments readily available, the dangers to society of marijuana legalization far outweigh any potential benefits.

As I close, let me again thank you for contacting me and helping me to better understand the concerns of Mississippians. If there is any assistance I can provide or if you have additional thoughts and opinions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely,
Steven M. Palazzo
Member of Congress

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