Marijuana

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to an audience about stopping a ban on menthol cigarettes at Beebe Memorial Cathedral. Photo by Rachel Loyd.

Rev. Al Sharpton’s talk on banning menthols draws debate over policing, tobacco companies

Following a talk by Reverend Al Sharpton on banning menthols, a debate on policing and tobacco companies raises questions.
Oakland resident Gene Hazard speaking during the public comments about the Police funding that will be used to purchase equipment for the Marine Enforcement Unit (MEU) of the police department, during Oakland Council meeting Nov 1. Photo by Khaled Sayed

City Council votes for resolution supporting Proposition 64

The Oakland City Council met on Tuesday night, the the last meeting before the November 8 election, and considered a resolution in support of Proposition 64, a state ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana...
Man preparing marijuana.

As the marijuana industry heats up, street dealers think about going legal

Entrepreneurs from other industries are moving into the space and creating a social bubble that excludes the “underground” group.
Blüm is one of Oakland's eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Of the eight, Magnolia Wellness is the only one that is unionized.

Will unionizing the cannabis industry bud in Oakland?

Since 2010, the Bay Area’s cannabis industry has been unionizing, in almost every case by the United Food and Commercial Workers, or UFCW.
The Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building located at 1301 Clay Street Oakland California. Photo by Libby Leyden

Oakland union official pleads not guilty to charges of taking illegal payments

Daniel J. Rush, a union official who has been at the center of a four-year FBI investigation, sat on the front bench in a federal courthouse in Oakland waiting to enter his plea in a...
Oakland resident Sableu Cabildo (middle) threw a hair shaving party when she started losing her hair to radiation treatment for brain cancer. She is also a medical marijuana patient. Photo courtesy of Sableu Cabildo.

After the raid: For patients, worries that medical marijuana dispensaries will shut down

Oakland resident Sableu Cabildo was diagnosed at the end of 2011 with a kind of brain cancer known as an astrocytoma. It originated on the right side of her thalamus, the lobed mass under the...
The federal government is attempting to close Harborside Health Center's Oakland location on 1840 Embarcadero.

After the raid: First Oaksterdam, then legal battles for Harborside Health Center

He might direct the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the country, but Steve DeAngelo isn’t scared of the government’s attempts to shut it down. “The federal government has thrown everything they had at us and...
The mural at Oaksterdam's former location at 1600 Broadway has since been painted over by the building's new owner. Photo by Anne-Sophie Braendlin

After the raid: The financial fallout for Oaksterdam and Oakland’s pot business

Following the federal raid on Oaksterdam University last April, Dale Sky Jones found herself with an incredible task: rebuilding the school from the ground up. Not only had Richard Lee, Oaksterdam’s founder and director, just...
Federal agents surround Oaksterdam during the raid on April 2, 2012. Photo by Ryan Phillips.

After the raid: One year after federal agents raided Oaksterdam, what’s changed?

One year ago, federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, a move that sent ripples throughout Oakland’s well-established cannabis industry and raised questions about the complex and often conflicting web of state and federal regulations surrounding medical...
Candidates running for the City Attorney's Office, Jane Brunner (Left), Barbara Parker (Right). Brunner's photo courtesy of http://www.kenricephotopeople.com/

City Attorney candidates discuss injunctions, medical marijuana and public safety

This year, voters must choose whether to give a full four-year term to current City Attorney Barbara Parker or to longtime District 1 Councilmember Jane Brunner, both familiar faces in Oakland politics. When Oakland voters...
Harborside Health Center in East Oakland, the city's major medical marijuana dispensary.

Oakland sues U.S. government to stop Harborside medical marijuana seizures

The city of Oakland filed a complaint Wednesday against the federal government in order to stop officials from seizing the nation’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, claiming the government took too long to take legal action...
Federal agents surround Oaksterdam during the raid on April 2, 2012.

Future cloudy for Oakland’s regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries

Oakland’s dispensary ordinance, which has been on the books since 2004, is lauded by city officials—a staff report from the City Administrator’s Office published in July, 2011, calls it “a role model for the nation”—and...