Welcome to the Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum website. The Museum was a tourist attraction and community center for the cannabis community, the heart of Oakland California, from 2011 to 2020. It was located in the world famous Oaksterdam District, survived the federal “Oaksterdam Raids” of 2012 and finally succumbed to the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020.
During most of that time it was the only US cannabis museum to have permanent and special exhibitions, regular hours open to the public and a living medical marijuana garden on display. The cannabis garden was a target of the federal raid that was eradicated by federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), federal marshals and IRS tax agents. Local law enforcement were kept out of the operation. Several cabinets were broken into by federal agents and some items were damaged during the search.
Other than the garden, sponsored by Oaksterdam University, the museum exhibition primarily consisted of artifacts and educational materials from the collection of or prepared by author, cannabis historian and expert witness Chris Conrad. Conrad was also the designing curator of the Amsterdam Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum during the 1990s and early 2000s.
The Oaksterdam Raid of 2012
Oaksterdam University and Oaksterdam Museum, two premier, nationally renowned education institutions, harassed but undaunted by Federal discouragement and interference, are continuing our unified educational programs. Since the raids, viewing the museum garden has been available by special arrangement only.
The museum space was originally sponsored by Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam University and sponsor of California’s Prop 19 initiative to legalize marijuana that lost by fewer than four percent. Lee also operated the Oakland city-licensed cannabis dispensary Blue Sky Coffeeshop. Along with his other business locations, the Oaksterdam Museum was raided by Obama administration officials April 2, 2012, its garden destroyed, and several exhibits damaged.
The museum was originally located at 1776 Broadway at 19th Street (home of the Prop 19 effort). After the DEA raid, it moved to the OU campus at 1600 Broadway (also the site of the famous Oaksterdam Mural that was destroyed by vandals in 2012, unrelated to the raid). Both institutions moved to 1734 Telegraph Avenue a few years later, where they continued to operate until the summer of 2020.
If you are a visionary business person with the courage of your convictions and a belief in our system, please join us. We are looking for a commercial property owner, investment funders who wish to participate in this growing industry too, and for donors and volunteers to help us with our intern, docent and development strategies.
The email address below is for museum inquiries ONLY, NOT for general Oaksterdam or coffeeshop information. Please email email@example.com to get involved and help us thrive!
The Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum needs a new location as well as sponsors, volunteers, contributors and donors to keep its collection current and reopen its doors. We will not be advancing these goals during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown until such time as it is deemed safe to do so.
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