MedMen Expands Footprint In Northern California With Acquisition Of San Jose Dispensary

CALIFORNIA: MedMen Enterprises announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Viktorya’s Medical Supplies LLC d/b/a Buddy’s Cannabis; a micro-business license entitling the Company to retail, distribute, cultivate and manufacture cannabis onsite in San Jose, California. This will be MedMen’s second retail store in Northern California.

“MedMen continues to expand its market share in California, the largest and most advanced cannabis market in the world,” said Adam Bierman, MedMen’s chief executive and co-founder. “Our next phase of growth will be focused on going deeper in the markets where we already have a presence and brand equity.”

The dispensary is a two-story building located in San Jose, the largest city in Northern California and the tenth most populous in the United States. This location will serve as the initial hub for the Company’s Northern California platform. San Jose resides in the booming Silicon Valley, home to hundreds of start-ups and global technology companies.

Since becoming a public company in May 2018, MedMen has executed on its stated acquisition strategy. Including pending acquisitions, MedMen now has licenses for 67 retail stores and 14 cultivation and production facilities across the US.

The all-cash transaction is expected to close within 90 days of signing and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Legal Medical Marijuana Delivery Arrives In San Jose

CALIFORNIA: Eaze, the leading marijuana technology company, announced its official launch in San Jose today. Residents with a valid medical marijuana recommendation can now use Eaze to place orders for marijuana delivered on demand by a licensed dispensary. Residents in need of a recommendation can connect to a doctor on demand from their phone using the EazeMD app. Deliveries will be fulfilled by The Guild, a San Jose licensed dispensary.

In October 2016, San Jose reversed its ban on medical marijuana delivery. Under the city’s previous delivery ban, San Jose struggled with over 30 prominently advertised unlicensed delivery services. The new ordinance permits delivery by licensed dispensaries, and received widespread support from patients, collectives, law enforcement, and community members.

“There was a strong desire for patients to have safer access to the medicine recommended to them by their doctors. It’s great to see the San Jose City Council be responsive to the needs of its constituents, and we hope other California communities will follow suit,” said Jim Patterson, CEO of Eaze. “Eaze’s mission has always been to help dispensaries provide a safe and professional cannabis experience, and we are proud to now be servicing San Jose patients.”

As cannabis regulations continue to evolve across California, data is playing a key role in their development. As the largest marijuana technology platform, Eaze is proud to work with local regulators across the state, including the San Jose City Council and law enforcement agencies, to help them better understand how technology can help provide safe access to cannabis and insight into consumer preferences.

“Legalizing deliveries is simply smart public policy,” said Reverend Jethro Moore of San Jose. “It impacts neighborhoods disproportionately affected by a failed prohibition policy in that legal delivery provides a path to legitimate employment for people traditionally over-prosecuted and replaces illegal street dealing. Our neighborhoods will be safer and the way San Jose is regulating deliveries means youth will not have easy access to cannabis.”

Available in nearly 100 cities throughout California, Eaze helps patients receive safe, regulated deliveries from compliant dispensaries in less than 20 minutes.

San Jose Leaders Eye Changes To Medical Marijuana Rules

CALIFORNIA: With just weeks to go before a December deadline for compliance, medical marijuana providers are still balking at some of San Jose‘s rules and city officials are offering to ease them.

Nineteen pot providers have been seeking to meet San Jose’s regulatory requirements by Dec. 18. The rules, adopted in June 2014, restrict pot stores to select industrial and commercial areas away from schools and parks and impose a host of security, tax payment and other requirements. Dispensaries that fail to meet the requirements by the deadline face closure.

But one rule in particular requiring pot stores to demonstrate that their marijuana is cultivated locally and not from collectives around the state remains a sticking point. City officials plan to ask the City Council to ease the rules Tuesday, allowing another five months for shops to sell through products obtained from “third-party” vendors and letting San Jose pot clubs buy and sell to one another.

 

San Jose To Take Major Marijuana Dispensary To Court

CALIFORNIA:  For nine months, the city of San Jose has attempted to close down San Jose Organics, a major medical marijuana dispensary with over 5,000 members.

San Jose has already fined the dispensary thousands of dollars and told it to cease operations. The city is adding $1,500 a day to its fines for every day it remains open. Now, the two sides are set to face of in court.

In a hidden camera investigation, the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit saw that the dispensary appeared to be violating several city regulations on the sale of medical marijuana.

 

San Jose Cracks Down On Pot Clubs After Eschewing SF’s Regulatory Approach

CALIFORNIA: San Jose’s current (and harsh) crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries contrasts with San Francisco’s decade-old (and still working well) regulations.

Over the last five years, cannabis club after cannabis club sprouted throughout San Jose while the city’s local government debated, wavered, and faltered over the best way to regulate their pot clubs. But last month, San Jose City Council members, citing an abundance of pot clubs as the cause of a surge of marijuana use in schools, got tough. They voted to enact regulations that would make it too costly for more than 70 of their pot clubs in the city to operate. Only about 10 would survive.

Meanwhile, San Francisco pot clubs rest easy, undisturbed, and untouched — at least by the San Francisco officials who pioneered regulations in the city early on. In fact, the city’s Planning Department has recently recommended expanding the so-called Green Zone where dispensaries are allowed to operate by allowing dispensaries closer to schools.

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.”

California Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Face Tough New Rules

CALIFORNIA:  San Jose leaders have taken their firmest stance yet on one of the thorniest issues at City Hall, moving to crack down big time on medical marijuana dispensaries following several failed attempts to get tough on pot over the last half-decade.

The San Jose City Council’s 7-3 vote Tuesday evening limits existing and new pot shops to a handful of select industrial areas that make up less than 1 percent of the city, which will require the vast majority of the dispensaries to close within a year. Even the ones that survive will have to comply with costly new restrictions.

Dispensary opponents led by some parents, prosecutors, conventional business owners and school officials pointed to research showing kids in San Jose were getting their weed from the pot shops, either through illegal drug deals or by obtaining medical cards. They said the city’s roughly 80 weed businesses were also destroying the character of suburban neighborhoods, attracting crime and blight.

While 60 percent of respondents in a city-commissioned poll earlier this year wanted pot shops regulated, only 16 percent favored an outright ban already adopted by about 200 California cities. But a ban is exactly what will happen, marijuana store owners say, as the new regulations will make it virtually impossible to do business in San Jose.

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.

San Jose City Council Delays Vote On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

CALIFORNIA: Both sides in the debate over the future of medical marijuana dispensaries in San Jose filled city council chambers for a contentious meeting Tuesday night, though council members delayed a vote on a proposed ordinance.

The measure would impose new rules on pot clubs. If approved, dispensaries would have to be at least 1,000 feet away from schools, day care centers, churches, recreation centers, parks, libraries and other collectives, 500 feet from rehab centers and 150 feet from homes. The dispensaries would also only be allowed to offer marijuana that they have cultivated themselves.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, medical marijuana advocates said that’s the wrong approach.

“I am tired of watching this city council try to gain political points by passing measures that harm the disabled,” said one speaker. Advocates also said that these proposed regulations would lead to a larger “black market” for medical marijuana, and force many dispensaries to close up shop and go out of business.

San Jose Medical Marijuana Crackdown Begins After Council Vote On Regulations

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. [Read more…]