San Jose approves the sale of recreational cannabis starting next year

Jaz Small waits on patient Peter Edmonds at the All American Cannabis Club medical pot collective in San Jose on Friday, May 30, 2014. Area medical marijuana collectives are encouraging medical marijuana patients to be sure to participate in the June primary because there are ballot issues that affect medical pot. As a further inducement, some collectives will be offering free or reduced grass to any card-carrying medical marijuana patient who shows up with an "I Voted" sticker. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
SAN JOSE – San Jose residents following calendar year can buy marijuana at any with the city’s sixteen certified medical pot stores, the city Council resolved within a unanimous vote on Tuesday.

The choice doesn’t let new pot retailers to open in San Jose and maintains rules on where by the cannabis dispensaries are situated – away from schools, parks together with other collectives. However it aligns San Jose guidelines along with the will of voters who past yr authorized Proposition 64, which legalized marijuana for adult use.

I’m against children and youth using this drug but I understand the voters voted for leisure use,” reported Councilman Johnny Khamis, who also questioned town officials to investigate lifting a ban that prohibits cannabis business owners from possessing more than a person spot. “I prefer to see all marijuanano matter whether people today are buying it for medicinal or leisure applications – be regulated and taxed.”

Mayor Sam Liccardo agreed, saying the town contains a “good established of rules in place” for its sixteen medical cannabis dispensaries.

A few years back, San Jose turned one among the first major towns to control medical cannabis. Leaders adopted two legislation: One that outlined where the outlets could go – away from schools, parks together with other collectives – and another that managed who can operate a shop and just how it operates. The town also demanded shop entrepreneurs to sign-up and shell out expenses, which includes a 10 p.c tax on their gross receipts.

Following weeding out hundreds of illegal pot stores, only sixteen collectives made it through the city’s stringent registration process. Now, those 16 destinations will likely be allowed to provide and provide non-medical cannabishaving a state license – starting in early 2018.

Underneath the prepare approved Tuesday, the sixteen pot retailers would be demanded to apply to promote recreational weed, shell out registration charges and go through supplemental inspections. Their shipping drivers would conform to further track record checks and also to outfit their vehicles with GPS devices and cameras to protect against diversion of hashish.

More than fifty seven % of voters in San Jose voted in favor of legalizing cannabis use for grownups. District six, which includes the affluent Willow Glen and Rose Backyard garden places, had the very best acceptance level with almost 65 p.c of voters saying of course to leisure weed.

Every town in Santa Clara County also voted in favor of legalization. But a handful of Bay Area cities imposed bans on the sale of non-medical pot to permit city leaders time for you to figure out tips on how to regulate and tax the new ndustry. Prop. 64 offers towns local regulate over regulation – even letting them to fully ban it.

When San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia expressed issues with folks driving underneath the impact of cannabis as well as greater entry to the drug between youths, he stressed that there will not be new dispensaries in San Jose outside of the sixteen sanctioned spots. He also reported it beats obtaining people today get prescription drugs within the black market.

Sean Kali-rai, president and founder of Silicon Valley Cannabis Alliance who represents five San Jose medical marijuana dispensaries, said he was happy together with the Metropolis Council choice on Tuesday.

“It’s a tad frustrating to think that San Jose just ended hashish prohibition,” Kali-rai explained. “It’s a testament to the truth that this industry may be regulated, taxed and run like every other business and should be treated no differently.”