Tag Archives: Cannabis

As soon as class participants arrived, they picked up a paint brush with one hand and a joint or vape pen in the other. (Photo Jeff Weisinger)

Puff, Pass & Paint: Art class for the “lit”

Puff, Pass & Paint, a new Bay Area art class, combines weed, wine and painting. This is just one of a series of new marijuana-infused events designed to encourage creativity, while enjoying the effects of...
Dani Geen preps her quartz nail for dabbing, her method of taking cannabis for fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

During an opioid epidemic, can cannabis be an alternative pain treatment?

Dani Geen was 18 when she was in a severe accident: the car spun violently and was smashed on all four sides. The force of the seatbelt broke all of Geen’s ribs and caused internal...
Cannabis plants used at Oaksterdam University to give students hands-on cultivation training. Oaksterdam is preparing to offer new classes to teach businesses and physicians about the new regulations. Photo by Nate Sheidlower.

Cannabis industry in limbo as California ends pot prohibition

With the passage of Proposition 64 on the November 8 ballot, and new statewide medical cannabis regulations about to be implemented, California state regulators get to spend the next 13 months establishing all the rules...

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...
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 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...
A mural in downtown Oakland marking Oaksterdam University and the neighborhood where patients can buy medical marijuana from various cafes, clubs and dispensaries.

Oakland marijuana dispensaries concerned over potential prosecution, taxes

Medical marijuana supporters and business people in Oakland reacted angrily last week to dual blows from the federal government—a prosecution warning and a massive tax bill—as they speculated on the possible consequences for patients and...

Cannabis enthusiasts light up at Oakland street festival

Touted by locals as the center of the medical marijuana industry, Oakland seems a fitting host for the nation’s first marijuana outdoor street festival: the two-day International Cannabis and Hemp Expo, which opened its doors...

Proposal to double medical marijuana dispensaries passes city committee

The Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee passed an ordinance by consensus Tuesday evening that will double the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, if approved by the city council.

How Oakland became ground zero for the legal-cannabis argument: a public tour through Oaksterdam

Over the past 15 years Oakland has become the the epicenter of a national conversation about the legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana. How did this happen? It started with the coalescing of an open-minded...
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.

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...