Oakland Invites New Marijuana Dispensaries to Risk Federal Prosecution

At times lost in the recent hubbub surrounding California's medical marijuana industry — and the possible lack thereof in the near future — was the city of Oakland's plans to double the amount of dispensaries allowed in the East Bay capital of cannabis.

Long known as the region's pot-friendliest city — it is Oakland where adult-use only, no recommendation-required pot clubs exist — Oakland has nonetheless had an up-and-down relationship with the magic plant.

Gone forever are the halcyon days of Oaksterdam, when dispensaries lined Broadway in Oakland's downtown. Gone are the plans to save cops' jobs and line city coffers with the tax proceeds from four industrial-sized marijuana grows. Gone, too, are the days when it was perfectly safe to follow state law, which says a dispensary can be within 600 feet of a school.

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