California marijuana cultivation school raided by Drug Enforcement agents

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 02, 2012 12:58 PM

OAKLAND, California (Reuters) - Federal agents on Monday raided a cannabis cultivation school widely known as the "Princeton of Pot" and the "Harvard of Hemp," a U.S. marshal on the scene said, as the government pressed its clamp-down on medical marijuana.

The raid by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Marshals Service followed a report in the Sacramento Bee last month that enrollment at Oaksterdam University in Oakland has declined sharply since the federal government began a crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The college, which offers courses in cannabis cultivation and related careers, holds classes on Wednesday mornings and one weekend every month. The federal government has targeted the medical pot dispensaries deemed to be operating fronts for large-scale drug trafficking in California and other states.

(Reporting By Noel Randewich, Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Steve Gorman)