Oakland's city council passed an ordinance this week that bars marijuana companies from getting permits to operate at a facility if they are evicting tenants to do so.
"There was broad support for this," says Kelley Kahn, the City of Oakland's policy director for arts and development.
The measure was inspired in part by tenants in Oakland’s live-work warehouses. One example is The Cannery, an industrial building that’s home to around 30 artists.
A Colorado pot company, Green Sage, recently purchased the building and threatened the tenants with eviction.
Longtime Cannery resident Alistair Monroe welcomes the city’s support.