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Oakland Approves 4 New Pot Clubs

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A vial of medical marijuana

Marijuana is poured from a jar at at medical marijuana dispensary. (David McNew/Getty Images)

OAKLAND (CBS/AP) – Oakland officials have given approval for four new medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

The winning applicants were selected on Wednesday and were among 12 considered by the city administrator’s office.

One of them, the Oakland Community Collective, received a conditional permit to open at a location downtown. The other three were recommended for permits, but have to find new locations in the next several months.

If all four open, Oakland would double the number of pot dispensaries with city permits.

Officials said the four dispensaries would generate $1.7 million in annual tax revenue for Oakland.

The approvals come despite a crackdown by federal prosecutors on California pot dispensaries.

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