Oakland Considers Tweaking Marijuana Cultivation Law

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A medical marijuana dispensary worker shows marijuana plant buds. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

OAKLAND (AP) — Oakland officials were considering new amendments to a city law that licenses large medical marijuana growing operations following a warning from the district attorney.

The city council revised the law after Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley warned in December that the current law could run afoul of state regulations. Among O’Malley’s concerns was that cannabis growers did not have a close relationship with patients.

The council was expected to vote on the amendments Tuesday night.

They would allow five new dispensaries with off-site farms. But unlike the previous version of the law, the size of the farms would be capped at 50,000 square feet.

Each farm also would be attached to a dispensary. The farms were previously independent and could sell to any dispensary they wanted.

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