The San Jose City Council voted 6-5 yesterday to regulate and limit the number of pot clubs to ten for medical marijuana. The huge condition to require the clubs to grow the marijuana at the location brought outrage and protests from pot club supporters claiming it would make operating impossible.http://abclocal.go.com/story?section=news/local/south_bay&id=8082210
In a story filed by ABC reporters Lisa Amin Gulezian and David Louie, there were vocal complaints coming from the pot club supporters regarding the new ten limit, requiring the marijuana to be grown on site, and the “first come first serve” licensing that will be based on how quickly someone can get in line.
The requirement to “grow their own on site” will prove to be an interesting standard since the cultivating of marijuana beyond personal use is a felony.http://www.chrisconrad.com/expert.witness/calmjaws.html
Police Chief Chris Moore and a few council members support a ban on the dispensaries due to the illegal elements involved to wit: if these pot clubs aren’t growing the marijuana, where are they getting it?http://norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=4525
All pot clubs are illegal, unfortunately the majority of the San Jose City Council was more interested in the revenue stream taxing these clubs would provide. When this debate began, there were only two pot clubs in San Jose. Now there are over 120.
One marijuana operator waved a tax check for over $35,000 for only one month’s taxes of one operation. The question needs to be addressed regarding generating tax revenue ahead of the public’s health and safety; is it worth it?
The police department doesn’t think so, and this isn’t the first time public health and safety may be taking a back seat to potential profits.
Last year the San Jose police and representives of Camden Assembly of God in Campbell challenged the issuing of a liquor license to a location that was close to the church. The biggest issue was the limit of liquor licenses was already exceeded for that zone. The city council still voted to extend the liquor license to the applicant.
The requirement for these pot houses seems arbitrary and not well thought out. Will this “ten” requirement be managed or is it just a number to wink at as the liquor license limit? Plus, if the city requirement to grow marijuana on site is going to be managed, who is going to stop the operators from making “business arrangements” for the marijuana they are obviously getting illegally right now?
If these pot clubs are going to be allowed to “illegally operate” as they are currently doing, it is no wonder the police department is officially against these clubs. Drugs are a lucrative business and the temptation to conduct business not above board is simply too great. Making questionable activity part of the institutional landscape is not a good idea.
With over 120 drug outlets for “medical marijuana” already illegally operating, it seems the horse has already left the barn. Attempting to close the door now is a little late.