Medical cannabis patients, caregivers, suppliers, cultivators, bakers, extractors, other product producers, activists, community groups, attorneys, city staff, elected officials, healthcare professionals, and business owners, will meet to discuss local cannabis issues especially cultivation, delivery, dispensaries, collectives, improving the status quo, achieving the most benefit for patients and community.
Thank you for contacting the Berkeley Cannabis Action Group. We initiated and formed from the interest of 2 current Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commissioners and several local cannabis cultivators and business operators. Specifically, we are currently primarily interested in spurring a recalcitrant Berkeley Mayor and City Council to act this fall in approving a cultivation ordinance and a cultivation licensing process in the city of Berkeley.
FYI, the Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission sent their recommended cultivation ordinance to the Mayor and BCC for review, approval and passage in March of 2015. Excuses given for the delay have been the lack of state legislation, which was indeed signed by Governor Brown in Oct. 2015!
Regarding the cultivation licensing process, the cannabis commission cultivation subcommittee will meet Monday Aug. 22, 3:30 pm, Berkeley Planning Center, at the corner of Milvia and Center. We hope then to finalize and recommend a process to the full medical cannabis commission for approval at their Sept. 8 meeting. With commission approval, the cultivation licensing process will be sent to the Mayor and BCC for their review and passage.
Upon medical cannabis commission cultivation licensing process recommendation, our Action Group then will meet to discuss possible strategy and tactics to persuade the Mayor and City Council to act in accordance with other jurisdictions (SF, Oakland, Richmond, Santa Cruz), who have all passed cultivation ordinances and licensing. Incidentally, we'll be reviewing the cultivation regulations of the fore-mentioned cities at the Aug. 22, cultivation subcommittee meeting.
In the future and down the road, our Action Group will also lobby the Mayor and City Council regarding cannabis issues such as, delivery services, nurseries, state regulation and legalization. We likewise as well, encourage public participation and attention at Berkeley medical cannabis commission meetings.