Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Despite a rash of high profile raids by the federal government, medical cannabis patients and activists are gearing up to celebrate 4/20, International Cannabis Day. Celebratory events around the nation are expected to have a decidedly political flavor this year in response to escalating tension between the federal government and patients rights activists.
In the East Bay, which just witnessed the federal government’s armed raid of the nation’s premier marijuana growing school, Oaksterdam University, at the same time seven people lost their lives to gun violence less than a mile away, many are looking to medical cannabis leaders like Steve DeAngelo for insights and inspiration. DeAngelo has announced two days of public appearances on April 20th and 21st.
“The armed raid of peaceful Oaksterdam University epitomized the current misallocation of law enforcement resources, but it also galvanized California’s medical cannabis community,” said DeAngelo. “Its proximity to the 420 Holiday is perhaps fortunate, as the celebratory events around the nation are an opportunity to unite and begin to take action.”
Fresh off speaking engagements at Ann Arbor, Michigan’s ‘Hash Bash’ on April 6th and the University of Maryland Law School last weekend, DeAngelo is scheduled for an interview that will air as part of an NBC Bay Area News update on the state of the industry in Oakland.
DeAngelo is also scheduled for multiple 4/20 appearances and will host presentations and participate in several panels at the Second Annual Deep Green Festival, which will be held on April 21st at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. His 4/20 schedule includes:
April 20, 2012 – Harborside Health Center (Oakland & San Jose) 11:00 am to 2:00 pm–San Jose Harborside Health Center – Meet & Greet the Patients: 4:00 to 6:00 pm——–Oakland Harborside Health Center – Meet & Greet the Patients
April 20, 2012 – Deep Green Festival (Richmond) 2:30 to 3:30 pm———The Legalization Equation: Charting the Path Forward Panel 5:00 – 5:45 pm———-The Future of Medical Cannabis & Politics 7:30 – 7:50 pm———–“Weed Wars” Clips & Discussion with Andrew DeAngelo
DeAngelo is a cannabis movement strategist and lifelong activist. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland, DeAngelo’s accomplishments include organizing I- 59, Washington DCs medical cannabis initiative, Hemp Tour, which brought hemp to the heartland, and Ecolution, Inc., which produced hemp garments and accessories from 1990 to 2000.
DeAngelo was a founding member of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and founded Harborside Health Center, where he presides as Executive Director. He writes and speaks on the subject of cannabis and Harborside, which many feel is the world’s model for medical cannabis dispensaries, and has appeared in national and international news media including the New York Times; CNN; Washington Post and Fortune Magazine.
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About Harborside Health Center Founded by national cannabis leader Steve DeAngelo in 2006, Harborside Health Center is the nation's largest not-for-profit model medical cannabis dispensary. The Oakland medicinal cannabis collective offers its 104,000 registered patients free holistic healing services, lab-tested medicine and education. Harborside was featured on the Discovery Channel's miniseries "Weed Wars" in December of 2011.
"Out of the shadows and into the light" epitomizes DeAngelo's mission to enlighten the public on the many medicinal and therapeutic benefits of the plant and actively works to empower the country to change its image of medical marijuana.
For more information about the Oakland holistic healing center, call (510) 533-0146 or visit http://www.harborsidehealthcenter.com.