The city of Oakland, California, intends to license four large plants that will produce large amounts of marijuana. California allows the medicinal use of marijuana, and the production facilities would be used to grow, process, and package the drug for medicinal usage.
The city will not limit the size of the facilities, but will require stringent labor and environmental standards, along with a hefty $211,00 annual permit. The facilities will also be required to pay at least 8% of all gross sales towards taxes.
In November, California voters will vote on a bill to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. If the bill passes, the Oakland facilities could also be used to produce marijuana for that purpose.
Oakland Authorizes Large-Scale Pot Farms, First Major City To Do So | The Huffington Post