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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Oakland Marijuana Law Passes: 'Pot Factories' Coming to East Bay

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 8:25 AM

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See proposed "pot factory" on the map

The Oakland City Council last night approved an ordinance allowing industrial-scale marijuana-growing operations to set up shop in town, supplying the city's medical pot dispensaries. The measure is expected, by some estimates, to generate up to $2 million in tax revenue for the cash-strapped city. Yet not everyone is celebrating.

Only one council member, Nancy Nadel, voted against the ordinance. Two abstained. 

In a curious dynamic that has been playing out since Oakland first began mulling whether to allow "pot factories" within city limits, a number of small-time growers strongly opposed the measure, arguing it would drive down the price of weed -- don't get too excited, folks; permits for the large-scale operations won't be issued until January -- and dilute its quality.

Set against these criticisms were concerns that small-time grow operations "have led to public safety hazards, including fires, burglaries and home

invasions, health risks to patients, and related response costs to the City," according to a report from council members Larry Reid and Rebecca Kaplan.

One study commissioned by AgraMed, a company that wants to develop one of the pot warehouses, also estimated that the law will create 350 union jobs. Let's get this straight -- health insurance, high wages, job security, pensions, and weed? You had us at "yea," Oakland.

click to enlarge The proposed future location of a pot complex to be built by retired  construction company owner Jeff Wilcox on his seven-acre plot
  • The proposed future location of a pot complex to be built by retired construction company owner Jeff Wilcox on his seven-acre plot

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