Students diligently studying for finals at Oaksterdam University, California’s unaccredited cannabis industry training school, are getting a lesson in Federal Law 101 this week, after agents raided the institution. The raid comes as DEA officials are increasing pressure on medical marijuana dispensaries, which they claim violate national restrictions.
University head Richard Lee, a prominent Oakland citizen and marijuana activist who was instrumental in pushing California legalization effort Proposition 19, was not arrested during the raid and his lawyers appear confident his school and coffee shops will reopen.
Despite increasing federal attention, local support for the medical marijuana learning institutions and dispensaries remains strong, and just three weeks ago, city officials approved four new dispensaries. Too bad they may now face a lack of trained staff.