Berkeley Okays Fourth Dispensary, Free Weed

The Berkley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to raise its cap on licensed medical marijuana dispensaries from three to four, part of a positive East Bay trend.

Berkeley’s fourth licensed club could be open by next year, said Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission member Charles Pappas. The council also tasked the Planning Commission with looking at the option of Berkeley having six licensed dispensaries.

“There’s definitely a need for more dispensaries in Berkeley,” Pappas said. “This was really important.”

Three licensed dispensaries are open in Richmond, and eight in Oakland. San Francisco has about two dozen outlets, and San Jose has about eighty. The vast majority of Californians, however, are without dispensary access, due to bans on them in places like Walnut Creek, Moraga, and Concord.

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