The Lowdown: Berkeley Council on medical marijuana, drugstores, policing, Telegraph Avenue

Cannabis being inspected at Berkeley Patients Group. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
Cannabis being inspected at Berkeley Patients Group. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

On June 17, the Berkeley City Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. to finish up discussion, and possibly take action, on four items that were continued from June 3.

The first two items on the agenda relate to medical cannabis, and how the city will select who gets to open the city’s fourth medical cannabis dispensary. There are two reports posted, one from the city’s Medical Cannabis Commission and one from the city managerRead more of the background on Berkeleyside

Next up, the city is looking at new rules that would define what a drugstore is, and set out a minimum distance between drugstore locations. The issue has been a concern for many North Berkeley residents, many of whom oppose plans for a new Walgreens on Solano Avenue. The staff report is online.

Council is set to consider a new policy related to Fair and Impartial Policing, which sets out particular standards and training designed to help avoid racial profiling, and collect data to analyze a variety of police stops to better understand the status quo.


Councilman Kriss Worthington would like the city’s Planning Commission to consider zoning changes on Telegraph Avenue that relate to entertainment, arcades, theaters and alcohol. Read the staff report.

Meeting details

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The Berkeley City Council meets Tuesday nights at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Special sessions generally take place at 5:30 p.m. and regular meetings begin at 7 p.m. Council agendas are available online here. Watch the meetings online here.

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Council-related Twitter handles:
@MayorTomBates
@LindaMaio (District 1)
Darryl Moore @BerkCouncil (District 2)
@JesseArreguin (District 4)
Laurie Capitelli @berkcap (District 5)
Kriss Worthington @k__worthington (District 7)
Gordon Wozniak @Gordon_Wozniak (District 8)

Learn more about the Berkeley City Council and how to connect with local representatives via the city website.

Has something else on the agenda caught your interest? Let us know in the comments.


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