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Posted inCrime

Berkeley medical cannabis commissioner faces fraud and extortion charges

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 Vegas. Daniel Rush, who used to serve as the executive director of the cannabis division of […]

Posted inBusiness

11 groups vie to open Berkeley’s 4th cannabis dispensary

The owner of Amoeba Music, former managers of the largest cannabis dispensary in Oakland, a current Berkeley medical cannabis commissioner, and a group that has filed numerous lawsuits against the city, have all applied to open the fourth dispensary in Berkeley. Most of the 11 applicants want to locate their dispensaries along Berkeley’s main arterials, […]

Posted inCity

Forty Acres’ new cannabis site is illegal says Berkeley

Three months after the city council ordered the Forty Acres Medical Marijuana Growers Collective to shut its doors at 1820-1828 San Pablo Ave. because it was a public nuisance, the medical marijuana organization has relocated to 1510 Ashby Ave. – and is once again operating illegally, according to city officials. Chris Smith, the co-founder of Forty […]

Posted inCity

Zoning Board says cannabis collective a public nuisance

Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board voted unanimously Nov. 6 to declare the Forty Acres Medical Marijuana Growers’ Collective a public nuisance – the latest step in Berkeley’s three-year odyssey to shut the place down. ZAB officials listened to two and a half hours of testimony at the hearing, including impassioned pleas from neighbors who said the area […]

Posted inCity

Berkeley dismisses official who made ‘insensitive’ racial comment during cannabis collective appeal

The city of Berkeley on Thursday dismissed the official who was overseeing the nuisance abatement appeal by the Forty Acres medical cannabis collective after he made “insensitive” remarks concerning race during the hearing. It is the fifth hearing officer to be assigned, and then withdrawn, from the case. Berkeley officials are now uncertain how to […]