San Jose Stamps Ordinance to Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

CALIFORNIA: Yesterday, the San Jose City Council passed an effective ban on medical marijuana collectives. The regulations require all concentrates, edibles and topicals be produced on-site, by the collective. Medical marijuana vendors statewide will not be allowed to provide any products to collectives in San Jose. Outdoor growing and medical marijuana patients ages 18 to 20 are banned from working at, or even getting medication from, collectives.

“We need regulations in San Jose, but ones that work.” said Dave Hodges, founder of the All American Cannabis Club, and Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition (SVCC) member. “Street dealers will become the providers of medical marijuana rather than licensed business people providing legal product,” he said. “We are almost guaranteed to see an explosion in illegal neighborhood grows, and backyard BHO concentrate production.”

To stop the cities regulations, organizers have less than 30 days to collect 50,000 signatures to qualify for a referendum. Control & Regulate San Jose will be hosting private meeting tomorrow at 1pm to discuss fundraising. For details contact John Lee at John@SaveCannabis.org

“A referendum is the only option we have,” said John Lee, director of the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition and Control & Regulate San Jose. “We need all patients, dispensaries, delivery services, growers, edible makers, concentrate producers and everyone who wants safe medical cannabis in San Jose to work together. We have a daunting task in front of us, and if we all unite, the referendum will succeed.”

Free Marijuana For San Jose Voters, “Weed For Votes”, Tuesday June 3rd

CALIFORNIA: The San Jose City Council‘s actions regarding medical cannabis has activated the cannabis voter base for the June 3rd elections. To encourage turnout for several closely contested races, including the mayoral race, collectives are providing discounts and even free weed to encourage their supporters to vote. To help, the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition (SVCC) has created a cannabis friendly voter guide at CannaVote.com for the June primary elections.

With an expected low turnout Tuesday, cannabis supporters could have double the impact. Each vote could effectively count as two votes in June compared to the November elections. Activists hope to show local politicians that their supporters can impact elections and that politicians need to take their concerns seriously.

“We have a huge opportunity to make a large impact in who runs San Jose,” said John Lee, Director of the SVCC. “Although we may not have regulations on the June ballot, ensuring the right politicians are elected is even more important.”

Throughout San Jose, cannabis collectives are offering everything from discounts to free medicine to members who come in with an “I Voted” sticker or ballot stub on June 3rd. A complete list of clubs participating in the “Weed for Votes” program will be announced on Monday, June 2nd.