The city of San Jose have managed to set an ordinance on medical cannabis dispensaries. The new laws which will take effect on October 27th are basically impossible and unreasonable. They go against Prop 215 and SB420, which is what the voters of California wanted back in 1996 when Prop 215 was passed.
The new city ordinance will reduce the number of dispensaries from 100 to 10. The 10 would then have to apply for a permit, and it is a first come first serve basis. The 10 dispensaries left would have to move to industrial areas of the city, all so know as the ghetto.
Dispensaries would also have to grow their own product on sight. This again goes against Prop 215, SB420, and the federal government! And the best thing about this ordinance is you can no longer pay for your medicine with cash, debit, or credit cards! So basically the long and short of it is, the city council doesn’t want them in San Jose.
If San Jose would visit each dispensary they would find some of them operate like a “club.” For instance, I went to one the other day that was basically a “club.” They had three large flat screens, 12 theater seats, a popcorn cart, a soda machine, and four vaporizers. I asked one of the directors what was with the refreshments? He said it was for Monday night football! OK, I am not feeling this at all.
These clubs are hurting the dispensaries who are operating within the law, and that’s why San Jose wants them all to get out. I want them out too! Voters never wanted clubs where a bunch of healthy young kids hang out on a Monday night slurping sodas, burnin’ blunts, and then getting into a car and possibly killing someone or themselves, all because they got high at a cannabis club.
So I am proposing a compromise. Instead of passing an ordinance which goes against what the voters of California approved more than 25 years ago, let’s pass a set of best practice standards in which “dispensaries” are allowed to operate. For those who don’t follow these practices they should be closed and all assets seized.
Let’s close the ones who are only doing business in cash, because I guarantee those guys aren’t paying taxes to the city.
Let’s permanently close those who are operating illegally and moving their operations from one place to another to avoid law enforcement, and let the city take all their revenue.
Close the vapor rooms downtown, and close those who are operating as a club and not a dispensary for patients who are in need of this medication.
If the city and the dispensaries came together we could all get what we want. The city wants to reduce the number of dispensaries, and I get that. Who wants “clubs” out numbering Starbuck’s? I don’t.
If the city eased up abit on these unreasonable restraints the dispensaries would have an opportunity to operate, make revenue for our city, and serve their patients too. We all can co-exist together in harmony.
Let’s all get on the train to peace and freedom, because the times are changing, and in these hard economic times no one can afford to lose one dime, not even the city.