Richard Lee, Oaksterdam Founder, Calls It Quits After Federal Raid
Lee, the most visible pot legalization advocate in the state, told the Los Angeles Times that after 20 years in the business, it was time for others to take over. What's more, he also said he was concerned he could face federal drug charges after the Monday-morning raid of both his university and his home.
"I never wanted to be the quote unquote leader of the legalization movement," he told the Times. "I saw myself as just one small soldier in a big war. But I look at it as a battlefield promotion." Oaksterdam University, the first marijuana trade school in the nation, remains open for business, and Lee's dispensary is also open. Lee, 49, said he plans to transfer the businesses to new operators, and will close his marijuana nursery because his stock of mother plants had been confiscated in the raid.
On Monday, Drug Enforcement Agency and the IRS agents raided Oaksterdam University, but have not yet disclosed the reason for the action.
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