Wednesday Press Conference: Richard Lee, Elected Officials, Union, to Announce Future Plans for Oaksterdam University and National Day of Action
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Oaksterdam University, which calls itself “the premier cannabis college in the United States,” will announce plans for the future of the school on Wednesday at a press conference.
At the event, founder Richard Lee will discuss his personal plans, as well as the fate of Oaksterdam University, arguably the leading educational institution in the nascent cannabis industry. Other speakers will raise awareness about the waste of valuable community resources.
|Former state Sen. John Vasconcellos, who has joined talks between city officials and medical cannabis advocates, will be among the speakers at Wednesday’s press conference|
The recent federal interference on local issues illustrates the failures of drug prohibition through the latest “smash and grab” search and seizure operation on a regulated medical cannabis dispensary and a school.
Two universities were struck on the morning of April 2, 2012 within a mile of each other. A ruthless killer brutalized one university with gun violence, killing seven and wounding three.
The other school had several dozen armed federal agents swarming the entire area. These federal and local law enforcement officers were not searching for the killer; they were following orders, simultaneously raiding several permitted businesses and homes, totaling six locations in three neighborhoods.
The Oakland Police Department was immediately dispatched for crowd control. Federal Marshals, DEA and IRS agents were investigating a legal business that is locally taxed and regulated. Public safety suffered that day, and it continues to do so, as a result of marijuana prohibition as officers are diverted from more important cases.
The press conference will set the stage for a national day of action on Friday, April 20. The traditional holiday for cannabis consumers will be highlighted with a protest at the Federal Building in Oakland, California at 11:30 a.m.
People throughout the country are encouraged to contact the Obama Administration directly about the Department of Justice attacks on safe access for medical cannabis patients.
Visit www.oaksterdamuniversity.com for information about the National Day of Action, how to enroll as a student, or ways to save Oaksterdam University.
What: Press Conference followed by National Press Call
When: April 18, press conference Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Pacific Time
Telephone press conference at 1 p.m. Pacific Time
Where: 11 a.m. Oaksterdam University Auditorium, 2nd floor, 1600 Broadway, Oakland 94612
1 p.m. Telephone Conference Call in # 319-279-1000; Participant pass code: 263280#
Who: Senator John Vasconcellos, California
Jason Overman, Communications Director for Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Council Member-at-Large
Bob Swanson, Spokesperson for Nate Miley, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
Neill Franklin, Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, former Baltimore Narcotics Officer
Steph Sherer, Executive Director, Americans for Safe Access
Ron Lind, President, UFCW Local 5 International Vice-President
Laura Thomas, Interim California State Director, Drug Policy Alliance
Ethan Sommer, Executive Director, Medical Cannabis Association
Richard Lee, Founder, Oaksterdam University
Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor, Oaksterdam University
(Some speakers will only be participating on the 1 p.m. national telephone press call)