New hitch in Oakland pot permit pipeline

Oram is the CEO of Bloom Innovations, a horticulture consulting and management firm in Oakland. Bloom distributes cannabis products — seeds, flowers, concentrates, infused edibles and more — under the brand name NUG, a Bloom subsidiary.

Bloom employs more than 100 people and pays 5 percent of gross revenue to Oakland, according to Oram.

“And gladly so,” Oram said. “I want to pay what’s due.”

Here’s what had Oram worried: On Jan. 1, California’s new cannabis regulations take effect. The rules mean all recreational and medical marijuana businesses must have licenses from the state to operate — and to get state licenses, businesses must first obtain local permits.

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