Oaksterdam University Goes Volunteer-Only, Future Uncertain

The federal Justice Department does not yet have Richard Lee's head. But in the wake of a multi-agency raid on Oaksterdam University, they have his business.

The “cannabis college,” Oakland's best known institution of higher learning — sorry, Mills, but you don't teach people to grow weed — is now volunteer-only, with teachers, staff, and administrators working for free after IRS and DEA agents seized records, computers, and plants from the downtown Oakland campus during an April 2 raid.

Lee stepped down, and former executive Dale Sky Jones, a familiar face in the movement, will take his place, according to Oakland North. But affairs are far from being in order, and the future of the university appears grim.

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