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San Jose medical marijuana measure headed to voters; would weaken pot shop rules
SAN JOSE (SJMN) — Voters will have a chance to overturn San Jose’s strict new regulations on pot shops in favor of looser rules, though it will be a while before the weed war ignites at the ballot.
The City Council in June voted to limit all shops to select industrial areas that make up less than 1 percent of San Jose, while the surviving marijuana stores would then have to adopt costly new safety and operational standards. Angry opponents argued that virtually all of San Jose’s 80 dispensaries would have to close by the time the rules take full effect in summer 2015 and had warned they would try to overturn the law change at the ballot box.
The new measure, backed by a group of medical marijuana supporters with a history of fighting City Hall, would allow dispensaries to open in commercial zones that will soon become pot-free. Elections officials announced this week that the group had gathered about 25,000 valid signatures, about 5,000 more than needed for the initiative to be placed before voters.
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weedporndaily:

San Jose medical marijuana measure headed to voters; would weaken pot shop rules

SAN JOSE (SJMN) — Voters will have a chance to overturn San Jose’s strict new regulations on pot shops in favor of looser rules, though it will be a while before the weed war ignites at the ballot.

The City Council in June voted to limit all shops to select industrial areas that make up less than 1 percent of San Jose, while the surviving marijuana stores would then have to adopt costly new safety and operational standards. Angry opponents argued that virtually all of San Jose’s 80 dispensaries would have to close by the time the rules take full effect in summer 2015 and had warned they would try to overturn the law change at the ballot box.

The new measure, backed by a group of medical marijuana supporters with a history of fighting City Hall, would allow dispensaries to open in commercial zones that will soon become pot-free. Elections officials announced this week that the group had gathered about 25,000 valid signatures, about 5,000 more than needed for the initiative to be placed before voters.

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