Richard Lee is president of Oaksterdam University, a cannabis trade school located in downtown Oakland. He’s also a driving force behind the November state ballot initiative, Proposition 19, to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in California. Oakland is also considering raising the business tax rate for pot-related businesses from 1.8 percent; voters would decide in November whether to raise the tax.
This week, the Oakland City Council approved on first read a city-wide plan for the cultivation of medical marijuana in four new large-scale factories. If the ordinance passes next week, production permits would be issued in January.
Lee recently spoke with Oakland North’s Sam Laird for this audio podcast.