Richard Lee, the founder of Oaksterdam, has started a Human Rights Petition directed at none other than President Barack Obama. Lee, who’s university and home were both raided by federal authorities on Monday, has finally spoken out:
On Monday, April 2, my school — Oaksterdam University in Oakland — was raided by the DEA, IRS, and US Marshals. Oaksterdam provides training to the medical cannabis industry, and is fully compliant with state and local law. President Obama promised at the beginning of his administration to respect state medical marijuana laws. He has broken this promise time and time again — and the consequences have been devastating. This was a senseless act of intimidation.But I’ve been an activist far too long to become intimidated — and with the majority of Americans and common sense on our side, I know this is a fight we can win. With our government trillions in debt, why is our government using taxpayer dollars to come after me, Oaksterdam, and the thousands of patients who need medical marijuana just to get through the day? Tell President Obama and the DEA: Enough is enough. Keep your campaign promise, and stop the raids on the medical cannabis industry!
The petition has already garnered almost 12,000 out of the desired 15,000 signatures. Now go sign it and help bring an end to this madness.
Meanwhile, activists and supporters of the movement took to City Hall in San Francisco yesterday, protesting the Oaksterdam raids, and, on a larger scale, Obama’s broken promise from 2009 (the Ogden Memo). Among the messages shared at the rallies: “Fire Haag,” the U.S. Attorney for Northern California who has been doing her best to shut down dispensaries.
Among the protesters were six San Francisco city supervisors and elected officials–who spoke out against the raids and shared their support with the medical marijuana community. The people are speaking and what they’re saying is simple: back off and let the states regulate themselves like you said they would. Head over to The Huffington Postto see some images from yesterday’s peaceful protests.