On Monday, April 2, 2012, agents from the DEA, IRS, and U.S. Marshals Service raided Oaksterdam University and several other businesses associated with Oakland cannabis activist Richard Lee. The Oakland Police Department was not notified in advance of the raids and did not participate in them, but did provide crowd control as the morning progressed and increasing numbers of angry locals opposed to the raid arrived at 19th and Broadway.
In this clip,Oakland City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan appears with Dale Sky Jones of Oaksterdam University to speak about Oaksterdam, the legally regulated and taxed dispensaries in Oakland, and and why they are not the sources of the violent crime epidemic the city is seeing.
Transparency statement: Clipped from the longer raw video; captions, title, and end text added; otherwise unedited.
Apologies for the way the video freezes at times; downtown Oakland is something of a concrete canyon and signal quality can be irregular. We’re working toward upgrading our equipment.