Tag: Richard Lee

  • Major Changes are at Hand for Marijuana Politics

    October 3, 2010 – SAN FRANCISCO — The medical-marijuana political movement in America began the night police busted into Dennis Peron’s apartment with a warrant. They twisted Peron’s arms behind his back and placed him in handcuffs. They forced Jonathan West, Peron’s boyfriend, to the ground, and an officer held him there, Peron said, with…

  • A High-Minded Debate Over Legalizing Pot (Not)

    September 28, 2010 – At precisely 4:20 PM last Saturday, proponents and foes of legalizing marijuana in California were scheduled to hold a debate at the International Cannabis and Hemp Expo (abbreviated as INTCHE—TCH being pot’s most popular active ingredient) inside the Cow Palace arena just outside San Francisco. Things didn’t go as planned. “The…

  • Welcome to Oaksterdam! The Epicenter of the Marijuana Legalization Movement

    Welcome to Oaksterdam! The Epicenter of the Marijuana Legalization Movement

    April 25, 2010 – Located in the pot-friendly “Oaksterdam” section of Oakland, California, Oaksterdam University aims to teach its students the fundamentals of growing and marketing marijuana. The curriculum covers everything from law and politics to business and horticulture. The university also provides training for entrepreneurs in the medical pot industry as well as several…

  • Pot Legalization Almost Certainly Headed for California November Ballot

    January 29th, 2010 –Voters in California will likely decide this November whether or not to legalize marijuana, after legalization activists handed in far more than the necessary number of petition signatures to get the measure onto the ballot. Organizers of the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 filed some 700,000 petition signatures with…

  • California: Marijuana Supporters Ready for Likely Vote in November

    January 12, 2010 – OAKLAND — Richard Lee, California’s best known marijuana entrepreneur, says he knew he was onto something back in 2007 when he took out an ad in an East Bay alternative newspaper asking people to contact him if they had an interest in learning about California’s medical marijuana industry. “The phone rang…

  • Marijuana legalization initiative headed for 2010 ballot, organizers say

    December 14, 2009 – Supporters of an initiative that would legalize marijuana in California say they have collected enough signatures to ensure that it will be on the November 2010 ballot. The petition drive, which was run by a professional signature-gathering firm, collected more than 680,000 signatures, 57% more than the 433,971 valid signatures needed…

  • Medical Marijuana Business is Growing … Up

    November 12, 2009 – The U.S. Justice Dept., at the direction of the Obama Administration, last month announced that it would no longer direct federal investigative resources to pursue criminal charges against medical marijuana clinics, providing they are operating lawfully. The policy represents a major shift in tactics from the Bush Administration, which had federal…

  • Taxing Marijuana in California-Video

    Richard Lee, President of Oaksterdam University helped convince Oakland voters to tax medical marijuana dispensaries and make them more legit. Now he’s taking the idea state-wide through the TaxCannabis.org initiative. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxmCbwxO18o]

  • Push to Legalize Marijuana Gains Ground in California

    October 27, 2009-SAN FRANCISCO — These are heady times for advocates of legalized marijuana in California — and only in small part because of the newly relaxed approach of the federal government toward medical marijuana. State lawmakers are holding a hearing on Wednesday on the effects of a bill that would legalize, tax and regulate…

  • Welcome to Potopia – How Oakland, Calif., Became a Model for the Pro-Pot Movement

    October 16, 2009 – A nine-block section of downtown Oakland, Calif., has become a modern marijuana mecca—and a model for what a legalized-drug America could look like. Why the stars are aligning for the pro-weed movement. On the corner of Broadway and 17th Street in downtown Oakland, nudged between a Chinese restaurant and a hat…