US (CA): Oakland allows non-retail cannabis businesses

The Oakland Council has approved three ordinances that will allow non-retail cannabis businesses to locate in the borough's industrial zones. The ordinances allow five types of business in four zones: cultivation, manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, and delivery.  Only retail sales were not included. 

No applicant has yet approached the borough about locating cannabis industries, according to Business Administrator Richard Kunze. The purpose was to have guidelines in place once applications are allowed to begin next year, he said.

Oakland Council voted June 9 to ban all six classes of cannabis business, but Mayor Linda Schwager vetoed the vote, arguing for more time to assess the guidelines and possible tax benefits.  

Council overrode Schwager's veto on June 23, but Schwager subsequently organized a committee to investigate the industry and make ordinance recommendations to the council. Schwager again expressed her thanks to the committee for their assistance. "We spent many hours looking at this from both sides," Schwager said.  

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