Berkeley sparks discourse over cannabis at town hall

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The interest groups met to address future opportunities and remaining shortcomings of Berkeley’s cannabis regulation, such as the competitiveness of legally licensed businesses with the black market. Other concerns persist over public safety, youth access to marijuana and the hurdles cannabis distributors and cultivators face in setting up shop in the city.
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City Council passes agricultural ordinance to encourage urban farming

The ordinance amended zoning laws that previously required private property owners to obtain a permit before establishing community gardens on their land. Under the new ordinance, these property owners can grow and sell their own food without a permit but will still have to comply with food safety laws, including the California Health and Safety Code, as first reported by Berkeleyside.
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