City of Oakland may partner with medical marijuana businesses if new proposal passes

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If a new proposal passes, the City of Oakland will become partners with every new pot club that opens up in town, but not everyone thinks it's a good idea. (KGO-TV)

If a new proposal passes, the City of Oakland will become partners with every new pot club that opens up in town, but not everyone thinks it's a good idea.

Noel Gallo co-authored the amendment changes with fellow council member Desley Brooks. "All I want to do is treat it as a business, maintain control, but at the same time generate as much revenue as I can to help the people of East Oakland," he said.

The changes would force new applicants to hand over 25 percent of their ownership to the city, along with at least one seat on the board of directors in exchange for a coveted cannabis permit.

Gallo says the revenue generated would go toward job training and other programs for underserved communities.

"This legislation has so many legal problems, it's kind of hard to know where to start," said Robert Selna, an attorney representing several would-be permit holders. "It would put our clients in a very difficult circumstance. They would not have chosen the city of Oakland to be part of their company. They wouldn't give their profits to them."

The Oakland City Council's Public Safety Committee will consider the amendments next Tuesday.
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