In Oakland, a half dozen homeless men tend 35 plants in rows of makeshift planter boxes. The gardeners live on the recently-emptied lot, in an R.V. and a pair of old Muni busses.
The City of Oakland says the arrangement is illegal, but for now they’re going to let it slide. This story “highlights the complexities of managing two surging trends in Oakland and other Bay Area cities: homelessness and cannabis regulation.”
- Oakland is in negotiations with land’s owner to convert the parcel into an RV parking lot run by the city.
- A few residents and business owners have complained, but the transient growers say they are within state law, which states that each individuals can own as many as six plants for personal use.