420 words on Medical Marijuana

April 10, 2012

Last week one of Oakland’s prestigious private universities, Oaksterdam, was raided by federal officials. The federal raid seized many of their assets including plants, bank accounts, records and computers.

Oaksterdam was founded in 2007 and say that they are devoted to “the highest quality training for the cannabis industry.”

The raid caused the owner of of the school, Richard Lee, to give up ownership of the school. He remains an advocate for marijuana, stating, “I believe that cannabis prohibition is unjust and counterproductive.”

We think that raids like these stem from the Federal government’s belief that they have the right to shut dispensaries down, regardless of state law. We feel the rights of the owners of Oaksterdam were violated in this situation.

It’s unfair for the well–known university to be constantly fearful of being shut down, when many people rely on it for its contribution to the medical marijuana industry. The This is an independent business that should be getting a boost from the federal government in such a tough economy instead of being deemed unworthy of competing in our free market.

We worry that the raid could affect some members of the Mills community as well.

There are many students at Mills who rely on Medical marijuana. This raid could affect their supply and their health.

With this in the news, it brings to light the medical marijuana policy at Mills. Residential students who possess a prescription for medical marijuana are strongly encouraged to contact the Office for Services for Students with Disabilities and are only allowed to use edible products on campus. Students with medical marijuana prescription who choose to use smokable products must do so off-campus.

Some of us appreciate the administration limiting the amount of smoke on campus. Those of us who dislike smelling smoke agree that the ban keeps the campus more pleasant. But then there are those that use or sympathize with people who use marijuana medically.

With the policy only allowing edibles to be used on Mills College grounds, some of us think that this has negative health benefits for those who use it. Edibles are more potent than smoking and less convenient. Some people have dietary specifications that may not be able to eat edibles. They are usually sugary, baked goods that are unhealthy.

Policies on medical marijuana vary on a federal, state, and local level. Mills policies may cause students who use medical marijuana to feel similar to those who grow or produce medical marijuana in general. Californians who produce the  drug have to think about the federal policies just like students who could normally smoke in California are restricted on campus. The policies are inconsistent at all levels and these disagreements need to be addressed.

420 words on Medical Marijuana was published on April 10, 2012 in Editorial, Opinions

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  • http://www.facebook.com/xjereme Jereme Fishel

    California spends $8,000 per student per year and $50,000 per prisoner per year. Police and state agencies bust more people to get federal grant money. Can we respect our authorities anymore? What we can do is vote for MMJ regulation. Keep individuals off the street where they have access to unhealthy drugs.

  • Anonymous

    Why can’t we just regulate cannabis like alcohol and
    tobacco? Those industries seem to do just fine and cannabis isn’t too
    dissimilar from tobacco, except in that it doesn’t kill people or cause cancer,
    heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or any other significant
    health issue, and its addiction potential is about on par with coffee. In fact,
    when it comes down to pure safety cannabis is safer than coffee!


    So why do the legislators who currently make up the federal
    government keep cannabis illegal when people could use it as a substitute for
    alcohol which would do a lot to improve their health and our safety?

  • Shawn Tippie

    I would say that they should require a sploof at the very lest. Dogs are not allowed in restaurants unless they are service dogs a blind person is not allowed to bring in non-service dogs. No selling, passing or trading even to other patients. Medical Cannabis users on campus may use approved sploofs and a one hitter, hand held vaporizers outside and hash pills, or edibles anywhere. 

  • Hemp2012

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  • Rick Roi

    Oaksterdam provided EDUCATION about a plant that is grown, dried and then used without any additives and that has now been deemed subversive by those that support prohibition. The pain and suffering that is being caused under the guise of “federal law” is becomming no different that that “government officals of the 1930’s and 40’s who supported German law and allowed their citizens to be imprisoned under the “law of the land”. There will come a time when we the citizens look at this conduct and acknowledge what it is: AN OLD RACIST LAW LEFT OVER FROM THE 1930’s bigoted political positions.