President Barack Obama's reelection campaign picked office space in downtown Oakland (of which there is plenty available) to house its Bay Area headquarters. The East Bay city has put in the work, and on Monday, Oakland will receive a presidential visitor for the first time in recent memory, when Obama checks in at the Fox Theater for yet another left coast fundraiser.
But this is Oaksterdam, where medical marijuana literally pays the bills, and where the federal Justice Department is attempting to close the state's biggest pot club. So marijuana advocates have organized a welcoming committee for the president — and it's not friendly.
“Hundreds” of marijuana activists plan to greet the president with Oakland's best-known commodity: a protest.