NIMBY, one of East Oakland’s scruffy DIY artist warehouse spaces, is closing on September 30 after not being able to compete with rent premiums cannabis businesses can afford.
The historic Parkway Theater has sat vacant for 10 years, but an effort—led by Bill Koziol— is underway to transform the space into a cannabis lounge.
Since 2016, Oakland officials have been exploring the feasibility of creating a government-owned bank. But for the project to move forward, city council will have to take action.
Oakland artists gathered at the Festival for Arts and Culture over Labor Day weekend to show the city that despite many economic forces working against them—including corporate cannabis—they are still here.
Since recreational marijuana sales became legal in California on January 1, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded Obama-era guidelines which called for less federal regulation. With marijuana still categorized as an illegal substance under federal law, cannabis advocates are now on high alert.
Proposition 64, which voters passed in November 2016, not only legalized the adult use of cannabis, but also established protocols for reducing, dismissing and sealing old marijuana-related convictions. That means Californians convicted of cannabis crimes can wipe them away—if they file a petition.
2017 brought a new group of student reporters to Oakland North from across the country and the globe. They covered a city in flux: a housing and homelessness crisis that shows no sign of abating, a school district facing millions in budget cuts, a citywide crackdown on warehouse spaces in the wake of the Ghost Ship fire, and local reactions to the new immigration and sanctuary city polices coming out of Washington under the new Donald Trump administration. But they also dug…