Tag Archives: medical 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,...
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.
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...
Barr delivers a furious speech.

Oaksterdam welcomes unlikely presidential candidate, Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr is running for president. It was clear, when she addressed a packed house at Oaksterdam University on Thursday night, that the bulk of the crowd was there to hear her say that out...

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...

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...

Bay Area medical marijuana dispensaries face a federal crackdown

In October, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a crackdown on medical marijuana facilities. The four U.S. Attorneys for California began sending out eviction notices to various medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state.
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...

Council reconsiders pot farm permits, discusses redevelopment funds

Without voting on a single ordinance, members of a beleaguered Oakland City Council spent Tuesday night’s meeting discussing their two most pressing concerns: threats of prosecution by the state and federal government over the city’s...