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Oakland legalizes pot growth

<p>The city of Oakland, Calif., has legalized large-scale marijuana cultivation for medical use and will issue up to four permits for “industrial” cultivation starting next year. The move aims to bring medical marijuana cultivation into the open and allow the city to profit by taxing growers.</p>

The city of Oakland, Calif., has legalized large-scale marijuana cultivation for medical use and will issue up to four permits for “industrial” cultivation starting next year. The move aims to bring medical marijuana cultivation into the open and allow the city to profit by taxing growers.


The resolution passed after a four-hour debate that pitted small “garden” growers against advocates of a bigger, industrial system that would become a “Silicon Valley” of pot.