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News, The Snitch Feds Seize Marijuana Icon Richard Lee's Money, Which He Owed The IRS Anyway

Feds Seize Marijuana Icon Richard Lee's Money, Which He Owed The IRS Anyway

In these days of leaks, the federal government has bigger worries than drug war dissidents. But Uncle Sam hasn't forgotten about the marijuana movement. This week, the target of the biggest federal drug raid in recent Bay Area memory was…
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One Pizza, Slightly Used: An App Lets You Sell Half-Eaten Food. What Could Go Wrong?

Seattle entrepreneur Dan Newman says he and a few friends conceived the idea for LeftoverSwap a few years ago, on a night they ordered way too much pizza and couldn't fit the rest in the fridge. "We were like, 'We…
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News, The Snitch Oaksterdam Raid: Journalist Is Only Person Charged One Year Later

Oaksterdam Raid: Journalist Is Only Person Charged One Year Later

Our friends over at SFist today posted a reminder that it's been one year since federal agents -- mostly the IRS, though DEA and US Marshals were on scene -- raided the campus of Oakland marijuana grow college Oaksterdam University…
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News, The Snitch Oaksterdam Marijuana and Hemp Museum Moving, Seeking Sponsors

Oaksterdam Marijuana and Hemp Museum Moving, Seeking Sponsors

For those corporations or philanthropists who always wanted to attach their names to the country's self-described most expansive and storied collection of marijuana-related artifacts, the time is now.Better yet: If you're a property owner with available commercial space in downtown…
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News, The Snitch Marijuana Legalization Efforts Fail in California, Thanks to Money and The Feds

Marijuana Legalization Efforts Fail in California, Thanks to Money and The Feds

Few successful political movements count their finest hours a loss. Yet 2010 will remain the high-water mark of the marijuana legalization movement for at least another two years -- or longer, if the federal situation worsens.Buoyed by Oaksterdam University founder…
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News, The Snitch Richard Lee, Oaksterdam Founder, Calls It Quits After Federal Raid

Richard Lee, Oaksterdam Founder, Calls It Quits After Federal Raid

Less than a week after federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, seizing many of its assets, including plants, bank accounts, records and computers, its founder, Richard Lee, has decided it's time to go. Lee, the most visible pot legalization advocate…
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News, The Snitch Oaksterdam University Pledges to Re-Open After Federal Raid on Marijuana Leader

Oaksterdam University Pledges to Re-Open After Federal Raid on Marijuana Leader

What many saw as the inevitable hit Oaksterdam founder Richard Lee on Monday, when federal agents came knocking at the home and businesses of the man who has become the marijuana movement's de-facto figurehead.After Lee revived a moribund part of…
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News, Sucka Free City Nothing's Free: S.F. DPH Cracks Down on Foraged Dinners

Nothing's Free: S.F. DPH Cracks Down on Foraged Dinners

Iso Rabins has always done a delicate tango around environmental and food regulations. Rabins pioneered the Bay Area's burgeoning wild-foods movement when he founded ForageSF in 2009, but city health inspectors, noting the potential hazards of eating products gathered in…
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News, The Snitch Oaksterdam's Richard Lee: Marijuana Legalization Is "Dead" in California -- For Now

Oaksterdam's Richard Lee: Marijuana Legalization Is "Dead" in California -- For Now

Last year's Proposition 19 was quite a wild ride, but marijuana legalization in California is over.  That's according to Richard Lee, the Oaksterdam University founder and chief sponsor of Prop. 19, which won its place on Californians' November 2010 ballot…
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News, The Snitch Underground Market Remains Closed; ForageSF to Make Case to City Attorney

Underground Market Remains Closed; ForageSF to Make Case to City Attorney

Health inspectors are holding the line on their decision to shut down the popular ForageSF underground food market, insisting in a meeting yesterday with ForageSF founder Iso Rabins that vendors obtain necessary licenses before the market can reopen.Rabins tells…
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News, The Snitch Oaksterdam's Richard Lee Attends Daly Roast, Treated to Wheelchair Joke

Oaksterdam's Richard Lee Attends Daly Roast, Treated to Wheelchair Joke

Aside from his fleeting visibility in the media during his push to legalize marijuana with Proposition 19, Oaksterdam University's Richard Lee is a loner. Lee is known for keeping a low profile -- both in Oakland and with the media --  so…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 19 Smoked -- Marijuana Supporters Promise New Legalization Effort

Prop. 19 Smoked -- Marijuana Supporters Promise New Legalization Effort

As the national media will gladly tell you, people are smoking weed in San Francisco. People -- with and without medical marijuana recommendations -- smoked weed yesterday and they'll do so today, and they were going to do so no…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 19 Backer Richard Lee Not Ready to Count Out Pot Legalization

Prop. 19 Backer Richard Lee Not Ready to Count Out Pot Legalization

Say what you will, Richard Lee is no Joe Namath. The New York Jets quarterback, against all odds, guaranteed a Super Bowl victory. Lee, the pot entrepreneur behind Oaksterdam University -- and the driving fiscal force behind Proposition 19 --…
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Calendar, Night&Day End Prohibition?

End Prohibition?

From where we sit, it looks like a done deal. Marijuana will be legalized sometime within the next ten years. Certainly, the industry as it stands is preparing itself for change. Uh, not that we would know anything about it.…
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News, The Snitch Napster's Sean Parker Showers $100K on Marijuana Measure

Napster's Sean Parker Showers $100K on Marijuana Measure

The e-mail came Monday from Oaksterdam University's Richard Lee, the main driving force (at least publicly) behind cannabis semi-legalization measure Proposition 19. Just like other e-mails he'd sent out in the previous month, the message was a fund-raising pitch for…
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News, The Snitch California Democrats Stay Neutral on Marijuana-Legalizing Prop. 19

California Democrats Stay Neutral on Marijuana-Legalizing Prop. 19

Supporters of Proposition 19 -- the Control and Tax Marijuana 2010 initiative -- can be forgiven for feeling a little paranoid these days. After the move to regulate marijuana like alcohol was lambasted by state politicians ranging from Sen. Dianne…
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News, The Snitch Legalization Measure 'Bad for Patients,' S.F. Cannabis Dealer Says

Legalization Measure 'Bad for Patients,' S.F. Cannabis Dealer Says

Legalization threat "putting us in the shadows ... making us dirty again," says head of Green Cross Cannabis DeliveryA couple of years ago Kevin Reed, 36, president of Bay Area Green Cross medical Marijuana delivery service, had his mother over.…
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News, The Snitch How Do Pot Advocates Celebrate Huge Victory? Use Your Imagination.

How Do Pot Advocates Celebrate Huge Victory? Use Your Imagination.

Yesterday, we reported that an initiative to tax and regulate Marijuana was all but certain to grace the November ballot. Well, guess what? Pro-pot voters, come November, you're hooked up. Needing 433,971 signatures to make the ballot, the initiative --…
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News, The Snitch Chronic City: Let's Vote On It -- Marijuana Legalization May Be On 2010 Ballot

Chronic City: Let's Vote On It -- Marijuana Legalization May Be On 2010 Ballot

To put a new twist on an old saw, desperation is often the mother of invention. When a person, or a state, is in dire straits, it's often an opportunity for the kind of epochal change that, at other times,…
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