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Berkeley to consider 4th medical cannabis dispensary

Berkeley City Council will tonight consider two proposals regarding new operating guidelines for dispensaries and the creation of a ranking system to select new dispensaries. Photo: Flores y Plantas Despite the recent federal crackdown on medical cannabis operations, the Berkeley City Council will discuss tonight expanding the number of dispensaries from three to four – and […]

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Berkeley fights feds’ attempts to close cannabis business

Berkeley Patients Group opened its doors at 2366 San Pablo Avenue in December 2012. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel The city of Berkeley filed a claim Wednesday to stop the federal government’s attempts to shut down Berkeley Patients Group, the city’s largest medical cannabis dispensary. The suit claims that the closure of BPG will materially harm the city […]

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Berkeley Patients Group pays fraction of tax bill

Berkeley Patients Group opened its doors at 2366 San Pablo Ave. in December 2012. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel The state Board of Equalization and Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) have worked out a compromise that reduces the dispensary’s delinquent tax bill from $7.5 million to $49,500. Despite selling millions of dollars in medical cannabis each year and […]

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Berkeley delays 4th medical cannabis dispensary

Berkeley’s mayor says a fourth medical marijuana dispensary will not be feasible in the current political climate. Photo: Flores y Plantas/CC The Berkeley City Council has delayed discussion on opening a fourth medical cannabis dispensary since the current federal attitude toward dispensaries has made it all but impossible to site them in Berkeley. At Tuesday’s […]

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ZAB tells Berkeley cannabis collective to shut down

Code enforcement officer Greg Daniel and Deputy City Attorney Laura McKinney prepare to present report to Zoning Adjustments Board. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel After listening to residents complain how a medical cannabis facility on Sacramento Street had drawn unsavory loiterers, trash, and trouble – as well as testimony that it was a good neighbor – the Zoning Adjustments […]