Oakland Talks Gargantuan Grows Again
Oakland, in an effort to raise money through taxing cannabis, is again talking gargantuan grows. Late last fall, the city halted plans to allow four enormous cannabis factories to produce as hundreds of pounds of pot per day. Now after minor revisions, they are again considering the mega grows. According to The Bay Citizen,
…the pot farms would each have to be owned by a dispensary. Five permits would be available and the farms would be capped at 50,000-square-feet each. The changes are meant to address concerns that stand-alone pot growing businesses would fly in the face of state law, which requires medical marijuana to be grown by not-for-profit collectives.
Like other cities in the Bay Area, Oakland has ordinances for dispensing marijuana but not for growing it. Humboldt needs to come from behind and build scaffolding laws that deal with medical marijuana now and the increasing chance of legal marijuana in years to come. We need to grapple with not only dispensaries, but with grows and with transportation as most of our cannabis is trucked out of county and, probably, out of state.