Richard Lee, Oaksterdam Founder, Calls It Quits After Federal Raid

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Less than a week after federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, seizing many of its assets, including plants, bank accounts, records and computers, its founder, Richard Lee, has decided it's time to go.

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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starchild
starchild

Notable among other things in this saga is the evil hand of the IRS in what increasingly appears to be an all-out federal assault on California's medical cannabis industry. 

According to an attorney quoted in a recent SF Chronicle story, at least 7 of San Francisco's 25 cannabis dispensaries are being audited. Harborside Health Center in Oakland, the largest dispensary in the world, is also facing a crippling tax burden and may be forced to shut down. 

The IRS has disallowed dispensaries from taking standard business tax deductions, and is now seeking large amounts of back taxes on this basis.

Hey Obama, call off your goons!

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard or a local/national politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks? 

You may find lies easier to tell, but they do nothing to prevent the existence of truth, they do nothing to help you sleep at night, and they do absolutely nothing to help those who depend on you for their safety and health.

Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem! 

Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high - no matter what, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Even if we could afford to put anti-narcotic police on every single street corner, we also know that at least half of them would soon become dealers themselves. Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future.  

We simply cannot continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of practically every free nation on this planet. Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. 

Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies? Maybe you're a police officer, a prison guard or a local/national politician. Possibly you're scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks? 

You may find lies easier to tell, but they do nothing to prevent the existence of truth, they do nothing to help you sleep at night, and they do absolutely nothing to help those who depend on you for their safety and health.

Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem! 

Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

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