(04-06) 05:09 PDT Oakland, Calif. (AP) —
The founder of a Northern California medical marijuana training school raided by federal agents says he’s giving up ownership of his Oakland-based pot businesses.
Richard Lee, who has been instrumental in pushing for ballot measures to legalize the drug, says it’s time for others to take over.
Internal Revenue Service and Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided his downtown Oaksterdam University on Monday. Agents also raided Lee’s home.
The purpose of the raids hasn’t been disclosed.
The school offers classes to would-be medical marijuana providers in fields ranging from horticulture to business to the legal ins-and-outs of running a dispensary. It does not distribute marijuana.
The 49-year-old former rock-band roadie and paraplegic tells the Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/HqS4PW) he’s worried he could face major federal drug charges.