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Oakland-based medical marijuana facility raided by federal agents

by The Madeleine Brand Show

Federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, a medical marijuana dispensary and training facility. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Federal agents raided Oaksterdam University on Monday. The school is an Oakland-based medical marijuana dispensary and training center that was opened in 2007 by Richard Lee, a leading pot advocate who has been instrumental in pushing for the legalization of marijuana in California.

Residents in the area gathered in protest around the center while DEA agents seized items from Lee's dispensary, gift shop, and coffee shop. Many medical marijuana advocates were surprised and angered by the raid. President Obama has stated that medical marijuana users who comply with state laws would not be prosecuted, but the federal government has been moving aggressively over the last several months to shut down medical marijuana operations across the state.

Journalist David Downs joins the show with host David Wright to discuss what the raid could mean for medical marijuana in the state. Audio clips used in the segment were provided by Downs.


David Downs, freelance journalist.

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