PRESS RELEASE: County Democrats Condemn Oaksterdam Raid

May 24, 2012

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County Democrats Condemn Oaksterdam Raid

Hayward, California – The Alameda County Democratic Party (ACDP) condemned last month’s federal raid of Oaksterdam University, passing a resolution at its May meeting that calls on federal officials to refrain from future actions.


The party’s request that the federal government honor past promises not to engage in future raids on legal, licensed medical marijuana facilities comes on the heels of similar requests from Bay Area legislators.


 “The people of the State of California passed Proposition 215 enacting the Compassionate Use Act to allow seriously ill residents of the state, who have the oral or written approval or recommendation of a physician, to use marijuana for medical purposes without fear of criminal liability,” the resolution says.


“The Alameda County Democratic Party is committed to justice,” said ACDP Chair Robin Torello in a statement.  “We’re asking that the federal government respect California law and the will of our state’s voters.”


The resolution “decries the recent federal raid on lawful California State dispensaries,” as an “ill-directed use of taxpayer dollars” and asks that federal officials direct its “agencies to cease and desist from any further such action in California.” The full text of the resolution is available at