Leaders in San Jose have voted to successfully ban the overwhelming majority of medical marijuana dispensaries and restrict new dispensaries to industrial areas that make up lower than 1 % of California’s third largest metropolis.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, the town council’s 7-Three vote on Tuesday and the zoning limitations it establishes would go away 5 to 10 of the town’s roughly 80 dispensaries in place by summer time of 2015, the time when dispensaries can be pressured to maneuver from zones the place medical marijuana is not allowed. Those inside 150 ft of residential zones can be pressured to shut inside the coming months, the Mercury News stories.
The new necessities would additionally restrict dispensaries hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., get rid of on-site consumption and require dispensaries to determine safety in any respect hours. In addition, dispensaries must have all their hashish grown in or close to Santa Clara County.
Steve DeAngelo, co-founder and government director, of Harborside Health Center – which has places in San Jose and Oakland – stated that the council’s vote was “very disappointing” and missed the suggestions of medical marijuana sufferers.
“We are evaluating possible responses,” he stated.
Speaking on behalf of Sensible San Jose, a gaggle that has collected 38,000 signatures “on an initiative that would be a reasonable and workable approach to regulating medical cannabis in San Jose,” lawyer James Anthony stated the group might declare the mayor its enemy.
“The mayor a week ago declared himself our sworn enemy and said that he would raise money and lead the opposition against any such initiative. He then proceeded to preside over the passage of a largely unworkable, somewhat complicated and obscure ordinance that doesn’t help patients and is not really helpful in terms of producing medicine in any reasonable fashion and distributing it,” Anthony stated. “[The ordinance] completely ignores the track records of the many, many collectives in San Jose that have been in business for four years and have paid millions of dollars to the city and is really an inexplicable and arrogant act by the mayor and the council majority.”
Anthony stated Sensible San Jose is now contemplating a number of choices together with a referendum to stop the ordinance from going to impact, pushing the group’s initiative via various totally different legislative channels and attainable litigation.