After a few hours of discussion, the Berkeley City Council decided on Tuesday night to establish a subcommittee to examine whether to increase taxes and regulations on medical marijuana dispensaries.

Mayor Tom Bates and Council members Linda Maio, Maxwell Anderson and Darryl Moore will sit on the new subcommittee. They will present their findings to the full council.

The council had been considering whether to put a measure on the November ballot that would increase the taxes paid by the city’s three medical marijuana dispensaries. The council was also considering permitting the dispensaries to play a more direct role in growing cannabis and making cannabis-related products, like sweets or tinctures. Currently, the dispensaries must acquire their products from collectives in the city or from other sources.

Frances Dinkelspiel, Berkeleyside and CItyside co-founder, is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman...