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Berkeley’s largest cannabis dispensary to close May 1

The consumption lounge of Berkeley Patients Group, which will close its San Pablo Avenue location on May 1. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Medical cannabis patients in Berkeley will have a more difficult time getting marijuana after Berkeley Patient’s Group shuts down on May 1. California Watch is reporting today that BPG has signed a legal agreement […]

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Commission ponders growth of unlicensed pot groups

The Medical Cannabis Commission at its September meeting. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Berkeley’s Medical Cannabis Commission agreed on Thursday to send a letter to the city manager expressing concern about the proliferation of cannabis collectives in areas that are not zoned for them. The commission noted that two collectives — Forty Acres and Perfect Patient’s Plant […]

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Berkeley cannabis collective struggles with back taxes

It’s been four months since the Berkeley Patients’ Care Collective on Telegraph Avenue received formal notice that it owes the state $639,000 in back taxes, yet the group still doesn’t know how it is going to pay its bill. The medical cannabis group, which has deliberately kept itself small to retain its customer-friendly atmosphere, sells […]

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Berkeley to move cautiously on marijuana grow facilities

Marijuana plants for sale at Berkeley Patients Group. By John C. Osborn As Berkeley prepares to form a new medical marijuana commission to draw up rules governing the growth of cannabis, it must decide whether recent threats of legal retribution by the Alameda County District Attorney will nix plans for large-scale cultivation facilities. In December, District […]

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Berkeley may look to marijuana dispensaries to solve budget woes

Berkeley is the latest California city to consider raising new taxes on medical marijuana collectives to close a growing budget deficit. The City Council will consider tonight putting a measure on the November ballot to increase the business license tax on its three marijuana dispensaries. They currently pay $1.20 per $1,000 of gross receipts, which […]