Oakland Medical Clubs

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Oakland Medical Marijuana Clubs

The City of Oakland currently has 8 permitted Medical Marijuana dispensaries.


harborside medical club
Harborside Health Center
10am-8pm 7 Days A Week
1840 Embarcadero
Free Delivery!

Purple Heart Patient Center
Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm | Sun: 10am-6pm
415 4th St
(510) 625-7877

Magnolia Wellness
10am-8pm 7 Days A Week
161 Adeline St
(510) 628-2119

Oakland Organics
Mon-Fri 10am-6:45pm | Sat-Sun 10am-5:45pm
705 Broadway
(510) 444-9420

Blum Oakland
Mon–Sat 10am–8pm | Sun 10am–7pm
578 West Grand Ave
(510) 338-3632

Measure Z Clubs

There are a few well known(to those in the know) “measure z clubs” which are basically underground illegal weed spots. No Medical ID card needed, they sell to anyone.
Back in my day you had to go to some very sketch neighborhoods in Deep East Oakland, get out of your car, walk behind a torn up beat down apartment building or fence, meet the guy and exchange for a skimp sack of chronic(grams for dub). If you were white like me, robbery was always a possibility and it happened often so you had to stick to your regular weed spot where the drug dealers knew you.
But now with Measure Z, you walk in a nice business like environment, a security guard may or may not check your ID(for age only) and you just buy weed. From behind a glass case on a pretty display. No questions asked. No card needed. Weird right?

Measure Z Club Locations?
While they are not advertised, they are easy to spot. In the Uptown District if you see a small retail front, grimy and maybe newly opened, not so well lit with a security guard and a lot of foot traffic, it just may be a weed spot. A very well visited measure z club, The Sunny Spot Cafe which was on 17th at Franklin had been busted by OPD a few times, moved to more sketch locations only to be busted again. Clubs like this prevent crime and keep a black market under control. It would be nice if they were left alone.

Oakland Police Bust Clubs?
It’s been said that the Federal Government is putting pressure on Oakland and forcing them to bust the underground measure z clubs. Oakland has no interest in wasting time for these clubs. In the Sunny Spot bust there had around 30 pounds of weed and they were let go with “possession” and the armed security guard was also let off. So it’s not that bad. Is just a game of musical chairs? Keep moving locations?

Pot Is Decriminalized!
Because marijuana is decriminalized in Oakland even if you are caught with it you pretty much may get a ticket.
Alleged records from Oakland’s Measure Z committee in November of 2013, state that OPD’s Sergeant Fred Shavies says in his experience, marijuana arrests that he has observed “are made very infrequently”. He also states “The District Attorney won’t charge marijuana cases anyway”. So there is no threat to these clubs.

Oaksterdam

Oakland (also known as Oaksterdam) is taking a step forward while others are taking a step back. The Federal Government has raided and shut down over 200 pot clubs during the last few months but that hasn’t stopped Oaksterdam from growing. While others are shutting down Oakland has doubled the amount of permitted clubs.
In fact, recently the Federal Government has encroached on Harborside and the City of Oakland is suing the U.S. Government.

Oakland has always been cutting edge in the Medical Marijuana Industry
In 2006 Oakland became home to Harborside Health Center, which is now the nations biggest weed dispensary with over 108,000 patients. The co-founder, Stephen DeAngelo claims to have personally taken hundreds of millions of dollars from street gangs and drug cartels via his legal tax paying, job supplying marijuana operation. On the other hand Oakland Police claim to have lowered drug sales themselves. Either way, since drug sales and illegal incomes have been taken from the streets of Oakland, violent crime rates have gone up.
In 2007 Oaksterdamn became home to Americas first Cannabis University or “weed college”. However the feds have raided and shut them down which is a sad point in the forward movement.
In 2009 Oakland was the first US City to tax Medical Marijuana.

Oakland charges a $60,000 fee for each dispensary permit, along side with collecting a 5 percent annual business tax. This brings in about $1 million dollars a year for Oakland and could potentially be doubled to $2 million now that there are 8 legal clubs.
Meanwhile the state of California is bringing in about $100 million a year in taxes from the billion dollar medical marijuana industry.

The Growing Industry market is currently flooded and over saturated with high grade marijuana. Meaning the clubs are turning away growers and not buying their crops. So you can still get a pound of weed a LOT cheaper than you used t be able to.

oaksterdam mural art
Taken during Occupy Oakland.
The above Oaksterdam Mural has been painted over by the new landlord of the building after Oaksterdam University was shut down. It’s a shame to see it go because it was a beautiful work of art.

Oakland Medical Marijuana Clubs
Current Permitted Dispensaries: 8
Current Measure Z Clubs: secret
Oakland Revenue: About $1 million a year in fees and taxes.
San Francisco Medical Marijuana Dispensaries: 24 (SF does NOT tax them like Oakland)
Statewide: 1,000
State Sales: $1 billion
States taxes: $100 Million

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