Hashing it out with marijuana activist and educator Richard Lee

on July 23, 2010

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.

2 Comments

  1. […] short interview can be heard here, and is worth a listen. Cannabis is safer than alcohol, and it’s time law enforcement got out of the private lives […]



  2. […] by people working on the Proposition 19 campaign, a former community prosecutor, and a former deputy sheriff who is now a medical marijuana user […]



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