Oakland's Oaksterdam University, the country's first "cannabis college" aimed at training potential weed industry employees in such areas as horticulture and legal rights, was raided this morning by the DEA, the IRS and US Marshals. The school opened in 2007, but less than three weeks ago the city of Oakland approved four new medical marijuana dispensaries. Reports SF Gate:
The federal agencies are conducting a joint investigation, she said.
The raid comes fewer than three weeks after Oakland city officials issued preliminary approvals for four new medical marijuana dispensaries, even as federal prosecutors exerted increased pressure on medical cannabis dispensaries, forcing hundreds to close.
Federal officials say they are concerned about dispensaries that are getting too big or too close to parks or schools. They have long asserted that federal law trumps the state's 1996 voter-approved law legalizing medical cannabis.
An official from the IRS would not comment on the investigation to which is still developing.
April 2, 2012,
Oaksterdam University Raided