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Posted inBusiness

Cannabis accelerator program opens, but some worry about a corporate cannabis industry

Acro-Vape, one of the start-ups participating in Canopy’s accelerator program for cannabis-start-ups, produces a vaporizer. Photo: Acro-Vape Acro-Vape, one of the start-ups participating in Canopy’s accelerator program for cannabis-start-ups, produces a vaporizer. Photo: Acro-Vape As California edges closer toward cannabis legalization for adult recreational use in November, a marijuana-focused business accelerator program has announced a […]

Posted inCity

Berkeley commission shortlists 3 for cannabis dispensary

More than 50 people crowded into a room at City Hall on Feb. 4 to listen as the Medical Cannabis Commission selected three finalists for the fourth dispensary. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Berkeley’s Medical Cannabis Commission selected three finalists for the city’s coveted fourth dispensary opportunity Thursday. This despite the fact that a number of the commission’s members […]

Posted inCity

Berkeley cannabis dispensary selection proceeds, despite mayor’s suggestion to stop process

Berkeley City Council, Jan. 27, 2015. Photo: Emilie Raguso A plea by the chair of the Medical Cannabis Commission to reinstate his application for Berkeley’s fourth medical cannabis dispensary was ignored by the City Council Tuesday night, but council members did vote to slightly jigger the selection process. The City Council voted 6-1-1, with Mayor Tom […]

Posted inCrime

Berkeley medical cannabis commissioner faces fraud and extortion charges

Dan Rush addresses a group at the Cannabis Workers Rising Symposium in Winchester, Nevada. Photo: Facebook The former chair of Berkeley’s Medical Cannabis Commission (MCC) is scheduled to appear in federal court today, Sept. 23, to face extortion, fraud and money laundering charges connected to his dealings with cannabis dispensaries in Berkeley, Oakland and Las […]

Posted inCity

12 apply to operate Berkeley’s fourth cannabis dispensary

Forty Acres cannabis collective may be one of the applicants for Berkeley’s fourth medical cannabis dispensary, according to Charley Pappas, the chair of the Medical Cannabis Commission. Pappas’s group, Community Partnership 4 Health, is also applying. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Forty Acres cannabis collective may be one of the applicants for Berkeley’s fourth medical cannabis dispensary, […]

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Free pot for the poor: Berkeley council codifies what many cannabis dispensaries already doing

The Berkeley Patients Group has distributed free medical cannabis for years to low-income patients. A new law passed by the Berkeley City Council codifies this and requires dispensaries to give away 2% of its cannabis to the poor. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Berkeley’s medical marijuana dispensaries must provide 2% of their cannabis free of charge to very […]