San Jose Bans Dispensaries

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on July 26, 2014 · 0 comments

in Medical Marijuana, San Diego, Uncategorized

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Although the state of California made medical marijuana legal to grow and buy for personal use in 1996, the cities and counties within California are free to create laws that are more restrictive than the current state law. Many municipalities have used this freedom to restrict dispensaries, or the storefront-end of a marijuana collective or coop, from being within a certain distance from schools, churches, or parks.  Now, one California town has used that power to in effect ban dispensaries altogether.


The sweeping ban limits dispensaries to 1 percent of the land in San Jose. Dispensaries must be 1,000 feet from schools, parks and any other place children gather; 1,000 feet from business parks; 150 feet from homes and 500 feet from substance abuse centers. All growing must take place in Santa Clara or adjacent counties.


San Jose dispensary owners along with the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition are creating their own set of rules and hope to have them on the ballot, but that will require gathering 50,000 signatures in less than a month. A local poll showed that 60 percent of residents did want dispensaries regulated, but only 16 percent were in favor of a ban.


San Jose dispensaries make up about 80 local businesses that contribute $5 million annually in city taxes.


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