Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative

PIDC's News & Announcements

Posted Feb. 28, 2011

Southern California Patient ID Services
This satellite office has closed as of February 28, 2011

July, 2010
Alameda County Patients Services (ACPS) is no longer accepting applications on behalf of the Alameda County Public Health Department for State Medical Cannabis ID Cards.  Alameda County Public Health Department is now running the State Medical Cannabis ID Card program at 1000 Broadway, Suite 310,Oakland, CA  94607.  Please call (510) 268-2977 to make appointment at the Health Department.  You can visit the State Department of Health web site here, to find out if your County is offering this new State medical cannabis ID Card.  

The Oakland CBC is now reopened! Due to a federal injunction, the OCBC is NOT DISPENSING MEDICINE at this time. The OCBC is maintaining its patient files, and is currently accepting applications for membership, to qualify patients under Health and Safety Code section 11362.5.

Located in the same premises as OCBC, the hemp store is open to the public and is a great place to buy hemp.  Buying hemp helps save the planet.  Buying it at the OCBC helps support the OCBC, and supports safe access to medical cannabis.

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  • September 13, 1999 - U.S. APPEALS COURT RULES FOR CANNABIS CLUBS CLEARS WAY FOR DISTRIBUTION TO PATIENTS WITH MEDICAL NECESSITY.   Click here to read the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's ruling (This is a pdf file so you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in).  Or click here to see the Court's ruling posted at marijuananews.com.
  • Oakland makes OCBC staff members officers of the city, the July 28 ordinance passed unanimously by the City Council on the second of two readings. The ordinance is intended to afford staff members legal immunity through compliance with a provision of the Controlled Substances Act that prevents federal prosecution of such officers engaged in carrying out a city ordinance pertaining to controlled substances. On its first reading, July 7, 1998, the ordinance passed the Oakland Public Safety Committee and Oakland City Council unanimously. The third and final reading produced a unanimous vote on July 28, 1998 before the full City Council. The Oakland City Council also approved guidelines for cultivation and possession (see news above, 2001 July 24) for medical patients that live in Oakland, CA. This guideline, was modeled after the federal Compassionate Investigative New Drug program that currently distributes medical cannabis to eight legal patients. This guideline passed with a unanimous vote on June 23, 1998, by the Oakland City Council. The guideline was brought back to council for review for issues raised by Mayor Harris. Then Mayor Harris and Council member Del Le Funte changed their minds on the second reading, July 21, yielding a 7-2 vote, this guideline still was approved without the former Mayors support. Note! You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the Ordinance (140,000 bytes) and Guideline (139,000 bytes) pdf files.

  • Do you recognize the criminals below? These undercover agents tried to break the law by buying medicine with forged doctor's recommendations and were discovered by staff at the May 21 press conference (see below). Click on picture to see enlarged photo.

    Undercover agent 5/21/98

  • One news account about the May 21 discovery of Undercover infiltrators. (Use your browser's "Back" button to return to this site.)
  • A second news account about the May 21 discovery of undercover infiltrators. (Use your browser's "Back" button to return to this site.)
  • Oakland Cooperative To Openly Dispense Medical Marijuana For First Time Since Preliminary Injunction, a news release about the press conference at the cooperative 11 am Thursday, May 21. Note! You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this one-page .pdf file. (64,200 bytes)
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    May 21 press conference at the co-op
    May 21, 1998 press conference at the co-op, from left, Yvonne Westbrook, Ima Carter, Ken Estes, and attorney Jerald Ulleman

  • Preliminary federal injunction, the two-page May 19 order from federal Judge Breyer ordering the closure of the cooperative. Note! You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this pdf file. (112,000 bytes) Judge Breyer's complete May 13 ruling in the federal civil lawsuit against six Northern California medical marijuana dispensaries, including the cooperative, can be found here.

  • Institute of Medicine, a nice follow-up letter from the independent scientists who visited the cooperative on Dec. 13, 1997, as part of the $1 million survey of marijuana research they are carrying out for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Note! You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this one-page .pdf file. (184,000 bytes)
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    IOM scientists at the co-op Dec. 13, 1997
    Jeff Jones, right, shows some medicinal herb starts to IOM scientists at the co-op Dec. 13, 1997

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