Oakland to decide recipients of pot farm permits

November 21, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Oakland will begin deciding who is worthy of receiving one of only four permits needed to run a medical marijuana pot farm in the city.

The permits are expected to go to the largest and wealthiest growers because one permit will cost $211,000 each year. City records show about 300 groups have expressed an interest in obtaining a license.

The city council approved the plan in July, making Oakland the first city in the nation to license wholesale pot cultivation.