Enlarge this imageA cannabis plant is displayed throughout the 2016 Cannabis Busine s Summit & Expo on Jun. 22 in Oakland, Calif.Justin Sullivan/Getty Imageshide captiontoggle captionJustin Sullivan/Getty ImagesA marijuana plant is exhibited during the 2016 Hashish Busine s enterprise Summit & Expo on Jun. 22 in Oakland, Calif.Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesIn California, the city of Oakland was the first to regulate and tax medical marijuana dispensaries. Now, some metropolis leaders see the industry's earnings and are proposing to take a bigger piece of the action. The Oakland City Council is voting later this month on a pot profit-taking plan. Harborside Health Center in Oakland is the largest medical cannabis dispensary in the nation. Its executive director, Steve DeAngelo, says his dispensary brings in about $30 million in annual revenues. "We've created over a 150 well-paying jobs and we're the second largest retail taxpayer in the city," he says. DeAngelo says Harborside pays about $1.5 million in taxes every year. His operation is one of eight licensed dispensaries in Oakland. But there are scores of other pot busine ses that operate semi-legally, meaning they pay taxes but they are https://www.billsglintshop.com/Andre-Roberts-Jersey not fully licensed. And now the metropolis wants to license them, too, but at a price. Enlarge this imageSteve DeAngelo (shown here in 2014) is co-founder and executive director of Harborside Health Center in Oakland, the country's largest medical cannabis dispensary.Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Imageshide captiontoggle captionRobert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesSteve DeAngelo (shown here in 2014) is co-founder and executive director of Harborside Health Center in Oakland, the country's largest medical marijuana dispensary.Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesThe exploding cannabis industry has the city rethinking how much the dispensaries should pay the city to operate and who gets those licenses. Town Councilwoman Desley Brooks is leading that effort."When you look at this industry acro s the United States and in Oakland, the vast majority of people who are making money in this industry are white males," she said throughout a recent town hearing.The Two-WayCalifornia To Vote On Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Harborside's DeAngelo says he's sympathetic with effort to diversify the industry. But he has problems with Brooks' other plan to charge dispensaries 25 percent of their revenue. "And the courts have really been very, very consistent https://www.billsglintshop.com/Star-Lotulelei-Jersey in ruling that a government agency is not allowed to take private property in that fashion," he says. The debate over whether they town should demand medical cannabis revenue comes as it is still grappling with how to promote diversity in the industry. Enlarge this imageSuper Skunk is one of the many different kinds of cannabis sold at Harborside Health Center.Richard Gonzales/NPRhide captiontoggle captionRichard Gonzales/NPRSuper Skunk is one of the many different kinds of cannabis sold at Harborside Health Center.Richard Gonzales/NPRLast spring, the Town Council voted to expand the industry by giving preferences for licenses to pot entrepreneurs who did jail time for marijuana offenses or for those who live in certain East Oakland neighborhoods like Brooks' district that are predominantly black and Latino. "We need to make sure that there is equity in this industry and we need to make sure that Oaklanders have an opportunity," Brooks said. For example, under current rules, drug felons applying for a hashish license have to own at least 50 percent of their busine s. Dale Geringer, director of the California chapter of National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, opposes the preference program. "These rules go well beyond what any other legal industry has to put up with and they are supposedly addre sed at equity problems which are not even caused by this industry https://www.billsglintshop.com/Ed-Oliver-Jersey but rather by the laws that prohibited it," Geringer says.Busine sColorado's Pot Industry Looks To Move Past Stereotypes More than a few people around the town worry that the controversy over earnings and preferences could drive away the medical cannabis industry from Oakland. Terryn Buxton is among them. He's an entrepreneur who sits on a commi sion that advises the town on how to deal with the cannabis enterprise. "I'm from Oakland and I'm born and raised here. I'd like my busine s to be here," he says. "But I do not know if we're going to have an environment our organization can survive in."