Berkeley Patients Group, the city’s largest marijuana dispensary, not only hopes to go into the large-scale growing business in Berkeley, but in Oakland as well.

Debby Goldsberry, a founder of BPG, told the Associated Press that the group will apply to become an industrial grower in Oakland, which started accepting permits Monday for the creation of four large-scale cannabis grow sites. The cost of the permit will be $211,000.

The Berkeley Patients Group is expected to also apply to operate one of Berkeley’s  six new 30,000 square feet grow sites just approved by voters. The non-profit group also acts as paid consultants to the Northeast Patients Group, which recently received permits to open four medical marijuana distributaries in Maine.

Goldsberry told the AP that two-thirds of the clients coming to Berkeley Patients Group on San Pablo Avenue live in Oakland. That suggests there is a need for more medical marijuana facilities.

“As an Oakland resident, I’m very interested in expanding any industry that can help our city,” Goldsberry told the Associated Press.

As medical marijuana receives more acceptance around the United States and more cities look to cannabis sales for tax revenue, the BPD, one of the oldest and most experienced organizations of its kind, appears to be leveraging its expertise. It was founded in 1999 and is a multi-million dollar business serving thousands of patients each year.

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...