Dozens of federal agents raided the Oakland businesses and apartment of Richard Lee, California’s most prominent advocate for the legalization and regulation of marijuana, carting away loads of pot and belongings but not revealing the purpose of their investigation, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The agents targeted Oaksterdam University, the internationally famous school Lee established to train people in the marijuana industry, a medical cannabis dispensary called Coffeeshop Blue Sky, and three properties being rented by Lee.
The armed and sometimes masked agents from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Marshals Service came with a battering ram, a sledgehammer, power saws, and a locksmith. They left Oaksterdam University carrying numerous file boxes, a safe and black trash bags. From other downtown properties, agents carried away sacks with dozens of marijuana plants. “This is really an attack on regulation,” said Dale Sky Jones, executive chancellor of the university. Without regulation, she said, “what’s going to change is who is selling it, the good guys or the bad guys.”