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1. Up to four large medical cannabis farms will open in Oakland next year under a plan adopted late last night by the city council. Councilmembers voted 5-2-1 for the proposal, which they hope will add significant tax revenues to the city’s ailing budget and bring stability and regulation to the growing medical marijuana industry. The council also agreed to devise a plan this fall to permit mid-sized cannabis grows after local growers complained that the big farms would put them out of business. The new law will not affect small growers. Councilmembers Rebecca Kaplan and Larry Reid proposed the plan. Also voting “yes” were Ignacio De La Fuente, Desley Brooks, and Pat Kernighan. Jean Quan and Nancy Nadel voted “no,” while Council President Jane Brunner abstained.