Tag Archives: marijuana

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...
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...
Different types of cannabis strands are displayed on glass jars in the “Altered State: Marijuana in California” exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, September 9, 2016.

Expert answers museum-goers’ questions about marijuana

Dr. Beau Kilmer, 39, sits on the “Ask an Expert” desk at the “Altered State: Marijuana in California” exhibition, answering questions about legalization of marijuana at the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, September 9,...
At Oakland-based Harborside Medical Marijuana Dispensary, patients are able to order online, have cannabis delivered, or visit the shop.

Federal government drops case against Harborside marijuana dispensary

After four years of litigation, the U.S. Attorney's office finally drops its case against Harborside Medical Cannabis Dispensary.
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 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...
Protesters gathered at the Federal Building in Oakland, waving their signs and demanding the legalization of medical marijuana.

Oaksterdam University supporters celebrate 4/20 with a march

Oaksterdam University supporters celebrated 4/20—the calendar date that matches a code word often associated with pot smoking—with a march in Oakland protesting the recent federal raid of Oaksterdam’s facilities and demanding the federal legalization of...
The mural in front of Oaksterdam University in downtown Oakland.

Dale Sky Jones to become new head of Oaksterdam University

After a federal raid in early April on Oaksterdam University, an education center located in downtown Oakland that trains students to work in the marijuana industry, founder Richard Lee has decided to step down as...
Protesters outside of Oaksterdam University protest the federal raid on Monday. Photo by Ryan Phillips.

For local dispensaries after the Oaksterdam raid, business as usual and a low profile

Medical marijuana dispensaries often strive to keep a low profile, but this has been even more the case after federal agents raided Oaksterdam University and the home of founder Richard Lee on Monday. Half a...
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...