CALIFORNIA: City officials on Wednesday began the process of shutting down medical marijuana shops next to homes as part of strict new regulations to be rolled out next year.
A minute before midnight, the San Jose City Council late Tuesday ended an hours-long discussion and voted 8-3 to support a package of pot shop laws that they expect to take a final vote on in March.
The regulations would limit the city’s 82 medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in less than 1 percent of the city — mostly in the industrial northern tip of San Jose, away from homes, schools and drug rehab centers. Those new rules could take effect next spring or summer.In the meantime, the council told city code officials to begin sending letters to pot shops that sit next to homes, telling them that they are illegal and need to shut down, and expect all of those dispensaries to be closed within a month or two.
Even though San Jose has no laws expressly banning pot shops, it has no laws allowing them, either — meaning city officials have the authority to shut them down. While the city has gone after clubs that drew complaints, it is now broadening enforcement.