Stop the medical marijuana raids!
  • Petitioned Attorney General Eric Holder

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Attorney General Eric Holder
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Stop the medical marijuana raids!

    1. Petition by

      Richard Lee, Oaksterdam University

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!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25,000 signatures
    2. Huffington Post: Obama Administration's War On Pot

      "In an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post, his first since the raid, Lee, 49, blasted the federal crackdown as a senseless act of intimidation. "This is one battle of a big war," said Lee, "and there's thousands of battles going on all over."

      "Before he was elected, [President Barack Obama] promised to support medical marijuana and not waste federal resources on this," Lee said. "About a year and a half ago, the policy seemed to change. They've been attacking many states, threatening governors of states to prevent them from signing legislation to allow medical marijuana. They've been attacking on many fronts."

    3. Up in smoke

      Great summary in the Economist: "To all the good reasons for drug reform can now be added this classically conservative one: states’ rights."

      Spread the word! We've crossed 22,000 supporters -- help us get to 25,000!

    4. Reached 20,000 signatures
    5. NORML’s Exclusive Interview with Oaksterdam Founder

      On April 5th, NORML Show Live conducted the first on-air interview with Oaksterdam founder Richard Lee following Monday's raid:

      "Richard was 'treated well' by the authorities – 'they didn’t even break anything,' he told us – and he was not arrested, though that possibility still exists.

      Most remarkably, Richard expressed an optimistic view that these actions will galvanize the public opinion even more in our favor for ending this tragic medical marijuana crackdown.

      Richard reminded us that juries cannot be punished for their verdicts and urged everyone to work hard to get on jury duty so we can begin to dismantle the prosecution of prohibition."

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    6. An update on Oaksterdam University

      Richard is shutting the doors to Oaksterdam today. But that won't stop him from fighting tirelessly for legal marijuana. From the LA Times:

      "'I’ve been doing this for a long time. Over 20 years.... I kind of feel like I’ve done my time,' Lee said Thursday. 'It’s time for others to take over.'

      "Lee said he would remain an outspoken marijuana advocate. 'I believe that cannabis prohibition is unjust and counterproductive,' he said. 'What I’ve done is ethical, and I tried to use the resources that I had to do everything I could to change the laws.'"

      On Richard's behalf, let's do everything we can to change the laws by keeping this petition going. It's an incredible show of support that we've already received 18,149 signatures. Will you help get us to 25,000??

      Share the petition on Facebook and Twitter! Let's get the word out there -- and stop these senseless medical marijuana raids!

    7. Reached 17,500 signatures
    8. 400 and counting! Let's keep it going!

      Just cruised past 400 signers. This is a great start. Let's make sure to keep the emails coming to President Obama and AG Holder.

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    9. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • todd hall REIDSVILLE, NC
      • 7 months ago

      standard b/s govt control

    • Jim Gorman KENNEWICK, WA
      • 7 months ago

      let people have their medicine. without fear of

    • Angela Carrera SCARBOROUGH, ME
      • 8 months ago


    • Athena Gliddon ROSEVILLE, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Medical Marijuana is legal in California and federal direction has been sporadic and contradictory

    • craig gonda HURST, TX
      • 8 months ago

      peace be with you


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