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He lit Oakland's fire for pot factories

Aug 2, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Retired builder Jeff Wilcox's vision of a 'business park of cannabis' stoked the council's appetite for the jobs, and tax revenue, such a thing could generate for the desperate city.

Jeff Wilcox lopes across the nearly empty parking lot, aiming for a large brick building. Inside, he excitedly shows off the cavernous space, once used to make wire, vacant now for a decade. He imagines it running 24/7, filled with glowing lights, gurgling irrigation systems, whirling ventilators and workers coaxing thousands of pungent marijuana plants to bud.

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