Oakland Council Delays Debate on Pot Farm Licenses
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Oakland Council Delays Debate on Pot Farm Licenses
Posted by CN Staff on February 02, 2011 at 08:16:53 PT
By Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Oakland, CA -- The Oakland City Council postponed a discussion of whether to license marijuana farms in the city Tuesday night, a move that could reshape the cannabis industry for the entire state. A proposal by Councilwoman Desley Brooks would create a new city farming permit to allow the holder to operate both a medical marijuana dispensary and an off-site pot farm up to 50,000 square feet within city limits. The plan calls for the city to issue five of those permits.
Currently, the city has four permitted medical marijuana dispensaries. The proposal does not specify whether those dispensaries can add farming to their businesses.But others questioned whether the issue needed to be rushed onto the agenda, and Brooks agreed to let it be vetted by the council's Public Safety Committee next week. City Attorney John Russo is expected to introduce his own plan within the next week. By tying farming permits to dispensaries and their patients, Brooks hopes the plan will line up with Proposition 215, the 1996 proposition that legalized medical marijuana use.That's critical because the city's previous pot farm plan, approved by the council in July, died because it did not abide by Prop. 215. Prop. 215 authorizes only patients and "primary caregivers" to cultivate marijuana, according to an opinion written by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. A primary caregiver is someone who has "consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health or safety of that person," according to O'Malley's legal opinion. The city's previous plan would have allowed pot farmers to act independently of dispensaries and sell pot to whichever dispensary they chose.  Snipped  Complete Article: San Francisco Chronicle (CA)Author: Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff WriterPublished: February 2, 2011Copyright: 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Contact: letters sfchronicle.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives
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