Pot Growing In Some California Cities A Step Closer To Becoming Legal

Pot Growing In Some California Cities A Step Closer To Becoming Legal

12/3/2010

Several municipalities in Northern California are pushing for the establishment of government-authorized pot plantations that will help supply retailers of medical-marijuana retailers. This developed as a number of cities hope to gain more revenues for the government by levying medical-marijuana cultivation.

An ordinance that allows the creation of large garden sheds for medical-marijuana cultivation have already been passed in the town of Sebastopol, while Oakland is scheduled to begin the application process for four permits to run industrial-scale marijuana farms within city limits.

Other municipalities that are already gearing towards sanctioning marijuana growing are Berkeley and Eureka.

This is despite the fact that the quantity of marijuana that they are allowing growers to cultivate is enough to land a drug trafficker in federal prison and stay there for several decades. Furthermore, the aim of cities to gain more revenues from marijuana growing appear to be in direct contravention with state laws on medical-marijuana, which require businesses involved in pot trading to function as non-profit entities.

Calls seeking comment from the Drug Enforcement Administration regarding their response to city-sanctioned large-scale marijuana growing were not returned.

For her part, Rebecca Kaplan, an Oakland City Councilwoman who co-sponsored the city’s marijuana cultivation ordinance, remarked that the DEA contacted her office and requested copies of the regulations provided for by the ordinance.

The Oakland City Council have authorized over the summer 4 permits for large-scale marijuana growing.

Although the permits did not set any limits on the quantity of pot to be grown, it did, however, required growers to implement the necessary environmental protections, as well as adherence to labor standards.

The local government also required growers to pay an annual fee of $211,000 and pay a higher tax rate that is levied by the city on marijuana businesses.

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