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Finalists pitch for Berkeley’s fourth cannabis dispensary

Members of Berkeley’s Medical Cannabis Commission,(l to r): Michael Cooper, Stewart Jones, Karen Marie Rice, Damond Tims, Tina Ferguson and Charles Pappas, heard pitches from six dispensaries Jan. 28. Photo: Lisa Tsering By Lisa Tsering One offered expanded services to senior citizens living with chronic illness. Another pledged to provide strict round-the-clock security. Still another promised […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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3 men held to answer after fatal Berkeley shooting

Photo: Kamahl Middleton An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled Monday that three young men charged in the fatal shooting of a Pinole man in Berkeley in December must now stand trial. Judge Thomas Reardon said Monday afternoon, after a lengthy preliminary hearing that began in May, that the prosecution had presented enough evidence to demonstrate a […]

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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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Police arrest 2 more after December homicide in Berkeley

Photo: Kamahl Middleton Authorities have arrested two more men tied to the fatal shooting in West Berkeley that killed Kamahl Middleton, a 36-year-old El Sobrante man, in December. Authorities tracked down one of the men — 18-year-old Khalil Leroy Phanor of San Leandro — in Washington state, and arrested him Thursday night. The Alameda County district attorney’s […]