Activist gives up Oaksterdam pot school

A May 26, 2010 file photo of Richard Lee, president of Oaksterdam University, in his horticulture lab in Oakland, Calif. Lee, who owns two of Oakland's four dispensaries hopes to secure one of the cultivation permits, but he thinks the city should opt for having more, smaller sites instead of a handful of large ones. "We need to legalize and tax and regulate the production side as well as the retail side," Lee said. "It's a natural step."
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(AP) OAKLAND, Calif. - The founder of a Northern California medical marijuana training school raided by federal agents says he's giving up ownership of his downtown Oakland-based pot businesses.

Richard Lee has been instrumental in pushing for ballot measures to legalize the drug.

But he says it's time for others to take over.

Internal Revenue Service and Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided Oaksterdam University on Monday and 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.

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The 49-year-old former rock-band roadie and paraplegic told the Los Angeles Times he's worried he could face major federal drug charges.

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