President Obama is expected to make a visit to Oakland, California this evening. Officials in Oakland started preparing for the visit early this morning, as street closures were announced around the perimeter of the Fox Theater in downtown Oakland, where President Obama will speak at a fundraiser this evening.
Police predict that activists will come out in full force to advocate and protest for medical marijuana use.
Although medical marijuana is legal in the state of California, last week federal authorities shut down the nation’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, Oakland California’s Harborside Health Center.
This is the city’s first major downtown protest since February of this year. Oakland has always been a very political city, so this political event is definitely not unprecedented.
Although, many expect this protest to be the largest of its kind as they seek to persuade President Obama to reverse recent United States Justice Department decisions regarding the closing of marijuana dispensaries.
As mentioned above, among other stops throughout the east bay on Monday, President Obama is scheduled to appear at a 4:30 p.m. democratic fundraiser at the Fox Theater. The Fox Theater is in what has been referred to as the unofficial cannabis district of Oakland, very close to where police have clashed with previous protestors during Occupy Oakland.
NORML [of California], obtained a permit from the city of Oakland to demonstrate outside the city hall during the hours of 11a.m. to 6:00p.m., which, coincidentally, overlap with the time that President Obama will be attend a nearby fundraiser to raise money for his presidential re-election campaign.
NORML is not-for-profit group that works on behalf of Americans who do not support Marijuana prohibition. NORML lobby’s congress in an effort to convince them that recreational and medicinal use of marijuana should be decriminalized.
Apparently, NORML would like to see congress reverse recent federal decisions to shut down two of California’s three most influential medical dispensaries.
Harborside Health Center’s Stephen DeAngelo has contested the federal government’s move to shut down the facility, and is preparing to shuttle supporters and patients to and from the rally in an effort to reveal to President Obama their dissent. Their actual goal is to convince President Obama to maintain his campaign promise to not allocate or use federal funding to supersede California’s laws on allowing medical marijuana.
The most recent controversial marijuana dispensary closure comes after federal authorities April raid and closure of a dispensary, school and other properties associated with Richard Lee, California’s most prominent proponent of marijuana law decriminalization.
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