Oakland Increases Number of Medical Marijuana Businesses

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Oakland lawmakers voted Wednesday to increase sharply the number of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, cultivators and related businesses that can operate in California’s eighth-largest city.

The city approved a measure to allow eight new dispensaries each year, adding to the eight that currently exist. City officials also paved the way for an additional 30 growers, a dozen delivery companies, five distributors, five transporters, two testing labs, and 28 infused product makers, according to the Mercury News.

Oakland is known for having embraced the MMJ industry, and it stood alongside dispensaries such as Harborside Health Center in its fight against the U.S. Department of Justice.

The new rules will probably be revised in the future, given that they will be revisited after a year, the newspaper reported.