Factory Marijuana Next Threat to Family Farms

Posted July 22, 2010 in Current Events by Arthur Buono

The city of Oakland, California, has approved regulations allowing the large-scale production of marijuana. California already allows marijuana use for medical purposes. A measure slated for the ballot this fall would also legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.

  • Oakland approves large-scale marijuana cultivation
  • Medical marijuana legal in California since 1996
  • California ballot initiative would legalize marijuana for recreational use


Oakland in Position as Marijuana Breadbasket

Nobody seems concerned about the mass production of a drug that’s still on the DEA’s schedule of class I drugs, right up there with heroin and LSD. It’s California after all. What’s got people concerned is the threat large scale agribusiness poses to California’s many small pot growers.

California legalized marijuana for medical use in 1996. A few other states have followed suit. The Obama administration has instructed the Justice Department to look the other way when it comes to state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.

This fall California voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for most purposes. Proposition 19 would legalize the possession and cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana for personal use by adults. It would also permit marijuana cultivation and sale commercially, with restrictions. Supporters of Oakland’s new marijuana farming regulation acknowledge that it positions the city well in the event Prop. 19 becomes law.

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