This Week: Oaksterdam University Raid; Richard Lee Plans to Give Up Oaksterdam; NORML Files Suit Over NJ’s Failure to Implement 2-Year Old Medical Marijuana Law; TN Medical Marijuana Bill Dies After Hearing; Day of Anger Protest in San Francisco; Lawmakers in 5 States Tell Feds Back Off Medical Marijuana; Shady Pot Dealers No Concern to Law Enforcement; Feds Kill Medical Marijuana Bill While Bemoaning Painkiller Overdoses; Police Plan CU-Bolder 4-20 Assault; Israeli Provider Offers Kosher Medicated Cookies; and more!
Unless you are a member of the “choir” (my affectionate name for the hard core cannabis activists who live this movement day in and day out), chances are you’re going to miss a lot of cannabis news. It’s not that there isn’t any, things are happening in the word of marijuana all the time. But the mainstream media never seems to make it a priority to report on it.
So, since I follow these things, and am on every cannabis mailing list imaginable, I thought it might be a good idea to do a weekly round-up of the compelling stories that came across my desk the week before. Sometimes I might discover stories older than a week old but still timely, so I’ll pass them on too. If you have suggestions for stories to be considered for inclusion in next week’s round up, use the Contact Us form here and let me know.
Oaksterdam University Raided— Federal agents last Monday targeted a San Francisco Bay area medical marijuana training school started by a leading pot advocate who has been instrumental in pushing for ballot measures to legalize the drug. The doors to Oaksterdam University in downtown Oakland were blocked by U.S. marshals and yellow tape following the early morning raid by agents with the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Agents carted trash bags of unknown materials out of the school as protesters gathered to condemn the action.
Richard Lee Plans to Give Up Oaksterdam — Richard Lee, whose bid to legalize marijuana in California brought him international attention, plans to give up ownership of his Oakland-based marijuana businesses after a federal raid this week seized many of their assets, including plants, bank accounts, records and computers.
NORML Files Suit Over NJ’s Failure to Implement 2-Year Old Medical Marijuana Law — Members of the NORML Legal Committee filed suit yesterday against the State of New Jersey over regulators failure to implement the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act, first signed into law by former Gov. Jon Corzine on January 18, 2010.
TN Medical Marijuana Bill Dies After Hearing — A Tennessee bill that would have legalized medical marijuana died following testimony before a key House committee on Wednesday, despite testimony from supporters that the legislation would benefit hundreds of chronically ill people and generate roughly an added $34 million for the state.
Day of Anger Protest in San Francisco — Jack Rikess reports from the San Francisco rally protesting federal interference in medical marijuana.
Lawmakers in 5 States Tell Feds Back Off Medical Marijuana — Elected lawmakers in five states have a message for the federal government: Don’t interfere with state medical marijuana laws. In an open letter to the federal government, lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle called on the government to stop using scarce law enforcement resources on taking pot away from medical marijuana patients.
Feds Kill Medical Marijuana Bill While Bemoaning Painkiller Overdoses — The Associated Press has crunched the numbers regarding the massive increase of oxycodone use in the United States from 2000-2010. It comes as no surprise to us at The Stash, given that the DEA has approved a 1200% increase in oxycodone production during the medical marijuana era. When asked why the DEA would allow such a massive increase in the production of a dangerous Schedule II substance with high potential for abuse, DEA Special Agent Gary Boggs explained that they have to make enough oxy for the abusers to ensure the patients get their share.
Shady Pot Dealers No Concern to Law Enforcement — I actually wrote this opinion piece for Toke of the Town. It outlines my theory of why the shadier your cannabis business, the safer you are likely to be from both federal and state law enforcement woes.
Police Plan CU-Bolder 4-20 Assault— Marijuana smokers at this month’s 4/20 smoke-in on the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus will be ticketed, the university announced on Tuesday. School officials urged students and the general public not to attend the “unsanctioned” event on April 20.Appallingly enough, even members of the student government have joined in the university administration’s vendetta against the peaceful cannabis-oriented event.
Israeli Provider Offers Kosher Medicated Cookies — The graduate of a master class in pastry making has started a company registered with the Israeli Health Ministry and is now baking cannabis cookies for about 350 patients — and as of this week, they are kosher for Passover.
TAKE ACTION OPPORTUNITY
Stop the Federal Raids, Sign the Petition — Petition started by Oaksterdam founder Richard Lee to protest the recent federal raids on his businesses and other legitimate medical marijuana providers.