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Oakland Allows Industrial-Scale Pot Farms

From the smoke filled rooms of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Oakland allows industrial-scale marijuana farms

Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

OAKLAND — Oakland’s City Council late Tuesday adopted regulations permitting industrial-scale marijuana farms, a plan that some small farmers argued would squeeze them out of the industry they helped to build.

To address concerns from smaller farmers, the council pledged to create regulations on regulating small- and medium-size marijuana farms this year.

Everything must be regulated.

Council members and proponents of marijuana cultivation regulation viewed the proposal as smart public policy: It would generate revenue, ensure that fire and building codes are enforced, keep neighborhoods safe from robberies, and further position Oakland as the center of the state’s cannabis economy.

"It’s really important for Oakland to be a vital part of that growth and development for licensed facilities," said Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan.

These people should do public relations for the Taliban poppy farmers.

But many of the folks on the front lines of the young industry say it will change the culture of what they’ve built.

They say industrial farms will turn a grassroots economy into a corporate one, driving down costs but also eroding the quality of the marijuana, which state voters defined in 1996 as medicine

Notice that the only objections raised in this article is that such farms will hurt the small time pot grower. There is no thought given to what harm this will do to the country.

The regulations will award permits to four indoor marijuana farms. There will be no size limit, but there have been proposals for farms as large as 100,000 square feet – about the size of two football fields

The regulations will require applicants to have a minimum of $3 million worth of insurance, hire security and pay a $211,000 annual permit fee.

Everything must be taxed.

The city will be begin to issue permits in January and will allow the industrial farms to sell only to medical cannabis dispensaries.

But if state voters pass Prop. 19, a November initiative that would legalize recreational use of marijuana, proponents believe the city would be well situated for the booming industry.

For the record, the federal government still considers marijuana to be a controlled substance. Therefore, if California legalizes the general use of marijuana they will be in direct violation of US law.

If so, will Mr. Holder’s (Social) Justice Department sue California? After all, we can’t have a patchwork of different laws covering marijuana across the 50 states, can we?  

By regulating certain growers, Oakland also plans to crack down on illegal grows, said Arturo Sanchez, an assistant to the city administrator.

His comments immediately prompted hissing and booing in the crowd.

The same crowd who argue that legalizing marijuana will insure that it is regulated and taxed.

Oakland has long been pushing the boundaries of marijuana legalization.

In 2004, voters passed Measure Z, declaring marijuana a low concern for law enforcement. In 2009, voters passed Measure F to tax medical cannabis at 1.8 percent.

The taxation, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, was a step toward legalization.

Every day Mr. Soros and the rest of the Democrat establishment move another step forward in their mission of ‘dumbing down’ and ‘drugging up’ America.

Of course the left needs an uninformed and drug-addled citizenry to attain and retain their political power. So just think of this as another part of their never ending Democrat voter recruitment drive.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Oakland Allows Industrial-Scale Pot Farms”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “Of course the left needs an uninformed and drug-addled citizenry to attain and retain their political power.”

    As a younger man I use to think nothing of the topic, and then I read Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and his view on narcotics and totalitarianism. I think he sums it up best in a letter he wrote to George Orwell regarding Orwell’s’ 1984:

    ‘Within the next generation I believe that the world’s leaders will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging them and kicking them into obedience.” – Aldous Huxley

    • tranquil.night says:

      The Europeans people love it; not so much their leaders anymore. Because the irony is they don’t rebel until you take their goodies away.

      Your quote is dead on why I cringe at the particular argument that falls into the fallacy of: “Oh let the people elect the style of government they want and if it doesn’t work then they’ll vote to change it.” Obama says that sometimes. “People don’t like it? They can vote to change it. I don’t mind being a good one term President.” No, the last knot on this noose cannot be allowed to tighten.

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    So, let’s recap:
    Oakland is essentially a free fire zone where the cops have produced a list of crimes they will NOT respond to.
    The citizens and out of town “visitors” have shown that they will vandalize and loot legal businesses at the slightest “provocation”.
    Now we will have nice, big, juicy targets that will have cash and drugs?

    I shouldn’t be surprised.
    They are in this mess because they continue to elect folks that make state representatives look like right-wing brainiacs.

  3. proreason says:

    “For the record, the federal government still considers marijuana to be a controlled substance”

    ok, but what does the little emperor say.

    That’s the only thing that counts.

  4. hushpuppy says:

    The One is okay with pot and a little blow if you can afford it:

    unless of course the blow being referred to is his personal aide Reggie Love. Or any of the old white men he prefers in the underground gay bars back in Chicago…..

    I`m amazed the Enquirer hasn`t outed him although they have had articles that point to him being homosexual. I guess this is just another case of the msm covering for him because they don`t want his cover blown…. uh…never mind.

  5. morninggloryseed says:

    The USA needs to formally declare the drug war over, and allow cannabis, coca, and poppy products to be manufactured and sold in the same way alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine beverages are…if individual states want to.

    By allowing the growing and manufacturing of cannabis, coca, and poppy here, it would take the money out of the hands of the places they are grown now.

    The money would be better spent killing the enemies of this country in their own lands. The only war should be the war to stop the spread of violent Islam.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yes, and then we can all drive in cars that run on bird poop and get milk from our windmills.

      Yes, your plan certainly has a lot of merit. (not)

    • confucius says:

      So morninggloryseed, how do you feel about oil?

  6. tranquil.night says:

    I’m sorry fellow patriots but it’s looking ever more like my state is a lost cause.

    Our only hope is that the Dems are so baked that they’re too lazy to catch a bus to the voting booth in November.

    It’s not looking good. Carly is the one dim light, but it’s cloudy in California. It really is.

    It’s been cloudy 18/22 days of July. Is it all the smoke? Is this much “controlled substance” use evoking some ritual of Black magic? Hell, I’m as cynical these days as if like the rest of the country we were in a lingering heatwave. Humble apologies.

  7. southernsue says:

    i think pot should be legal. if alchohol is legal, then pot should be legal. i know a lot of hard working people that smoke pot. they do not miss work, are good parents and good neighbors. most don’t drink, but like to relax and take off the stress.

    don’t be against something that you don’t know anything about. it is also non addictive.

    • confucius says:

      Can they spell or punctuate?

      And how do you know marijuana is not addictive? Better yet, how do you “know anything about” it?

  8. canary says:

    Southernsue, you need to research marijuana more as to effects on brains that grow for 25 years, and not go by observing your neighbors appearance. Imagine how easy it is for children to get it and drop out of school.

    They will have to be able to test drivers first.
    Alot to do before they can legalize it for social.

    Medical reasons is okay to me.
    It looks like government control will make it cost a fortune. lol.

    What are they going to do with when those tiny starters grow. Also, people get caught growing these in their homes because their electric bills are so high they report it to police. It takes some kind of light bulbs that will cause global warming. And that’s a no no.

    I say let Obama grow it on the WH lawn, so he doesn’t have to hang around such creepy friends like JayZ.

    Well, people will fight the Mexicans to work there, so they can sneak a little in their pocket each day.

    The workers won’t want to wear their masks either.
    And there will be workers comp claims, when they discover they have M.B.D. pot brain disorder.

  9. canary says:

    morningglory, Many of the drugs you want legalized will cause the number of addicts to skyrocket. Violence will skyrocket as they rob & kill to get 5 bucks to buy their drug.
    Handicapped baby’s, neglected children, medical costs would skyrocket.
    The USA would be the 1st country in the world to legalize your substances,
    and the USA would become the dumbest, craziest, hole on the planet of the earth.
    Russia is outraged at Obama for stopping the eradication of heroin poppy fields in Afganistan. Now that it is cheaper and more available the number of their Heroin addicts has skyrocketed, (yet alone lining the pockets of muslims who smoke the poppy to their hearts content. And perhaps this is why they are so murderous, crazy, and downright poor, can’t learn anything, and they blow it in their baby’s faces to help them sleep, so look at the people. Haven’t you heard of how children in Turkey would die of overdose from just walking in a poppy field.
    Did you know outside air samples taken in D.C. area test positive for every illegal drug.

  10. confucius says:

    Acute marijuana intoxication impairs thinking, concentration, sensory perception and motor function. It aggravates those with pre-existing emotional, behavioral and psychotic disorders. It also precipitates an uncontrolled sympathetic discharge raising heart rate, blood pressure and coronary vasoconstriction. There are, in fact, documented cases marijuana-induced angina.

    Chronic marijuana use results in brain atrophy, bronchial irritation, dysfunctional pulmonary gas exchange, decreased sperm count, function and morphology. It also results in impaired fetal development and chromosomal abnormalities in utero.

    Chronic marijuana use also results in physiologic and psychological tolerance. This is more commonly known as addiction.

    Here is an excellent summary of marijuana’s effects on the user:

    The range of symptoms sometimes attributed to marijuana use are difficult to distinguish from mild depression and the maturational dysfunctions often associated with protracted adolescence.

    One other medical statistic is worth mentioning. In a 1987 study, 83% of marijuana users were found to abuse other drugs in conjunction with the marijuana making it even more dangerous.

    From the viewpoint of public policy, recreational marijuana should remain banned because it is dangerous to the user and, more importantly, those around them.

    Source: Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 12th edition, pp. 2156-2157.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:


      Thanks for posting that. I did a lot of online lookups to find such info and found quite a bit but in the middle of it, I also thought that bringing it to the attention of a pothead is like trying to explain string theory to a dog.

      So I let it go.

      This argument has been around for some time and I can only say that that the people I knew in the past who used marijuana regularly often had little inspiration to do…well…anything. It may have been that they were inherently lazy to begin with but smoking dope because you’re bored is at least as bad as getting drunk for the same reason.

      The only evidence that really stands out for me is the legalized drug use in the Netherlands. It’s an epic failure. A social experiment that has resulted in drug addiction rates far surpassing those of nations where such things are illegal.

      I also read the articles about the medical problems associated with it and simply believe it’s just bad, no matter how it’s packaged or labeled. And finally, people like southernsue simply want a world where you can “do whatever you want, man” without the man hassling you, man.

      And, as far as stress relief goes, there are at least 10,000 other ways that are far more healthy (and responsible) than smoking dope.

      Any form of exercise, of which there are thousands of different kinds
      any hobby
      talking with friends/family

      Crawling into a bottle or smoking dope is the classic hiding and retreating symptom. It’s cowardice at its most basic. “I can’t deal with it, man….pass that over here”.

      Any professional psychiatrist will tell you using substances for day-to-day stress is a bad idea. Yes, they prescribe narcotics sometimes but for more severe cases and not in an ongoing basis.

      They will categorically dismiss casual drug use as an effective tool for stress relief. Pointing to the fact that everyone has stress and how you deal with it will determine if it wins or you do.

      Drugs are for losers.

  11. caligirl9 says:

    Elected leaders in California don’t care about federal laws.
    They don’t follow the ones they disagree with anyway… for example, the refusal to stop the sanctuary city crap. So what’s a little medicinal marijuana between stoner buddies? Down with Arizona! In California, elected officials haven’t met an illegal alien (unregistered/not yet registered to vote Democrat) they don’t love.

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