Council doubles pot farm permits, chooses city ID card supplier

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Oakland City Council approved a major contractor to implement a municipal ID card system, almost a year and half after passing an ordinance allowing the city to issue the cards,...
This list shows the more than 300 parties interested in growing and selling cannabis in Oakland. They will receive instruction on how to apply for a cultivation permit once the process is finalized. Photo by Kevin Fixler.

City Council to decide fate of marijuana farm permits tonight

Now that the ash has settled on California’s latest marijuana ballot initiatives, Oakland’s industrial cannabis policy—the nation’s first—can move forward, beginning with the city council’s meeting tonight.
Although Proposition 19 failed during the election, many students think that recreational marijuana will remain readily available. Photo by Scott Bransford.

Students: Failure of Prop 19 impacts recreational use little

Gabriel Rodriguez sat in the student center cafeteria at Laney College the day after the legalization of marijuana in California went down in defeat. Rodriguez, who voted in favor of the initiative, sounded resigned saying...

Prop 19 proponents throw pot pity party in Oaksterdam lot

A familiar herbal scent filled the air in the Oaksterdam University parking lot Tuesday night as dozens of Proposition 19 supporters heard word that the bill had been defeated.

Oakland results: Proposition and Measure results

California voters came out for and against some of the most controversial propositions and measures in recent memory. Proposition 19, which would have legalized recreational use of marijuana, was rejected by a slim margin statewide...

Oakland voters weigh in on prospects of Proposition 19

To legalize or not to legalize? On November 2, Californinans will vote on Proposition 19, which if passed, would legalize the consumption and sale of recreational marijuana. Oakland North caught up with Oaklanders in Temescal...
"If I wasn't smoking all the time, I'd be throwing up all the time." -Ryan Landers, 39, medical marijuana patient.

Medical marijuana advocate explains stance against Prop 19

As a medical marijuana patient, Ryan Landers relies on the drug to stomach a single meal each day. Despite his support of previous landmark legislation, Landers has taken a stand against Proposition 19, on the...

Pot possibilities: Locals imagine a state with legalized marijuana

Oakland North reporters Abby Baird and Teresa Chin asked a former Bay Area police officer, a smoke shop employee, a retired emergency physician, and a Berkeley parent to share their best guesses about what will...

Studies show African Americans and Latinos disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession

In addition to being a health, economic and legal issue, Proposition 19 has now become a civil rights issue. According to two reports released within the last week by the Drug Policy Alliance and partnering...