This could be the week city leaders vote on a marijuana ordinance—or not.
For weeks, the City Council deferred the matter of how to regulate local pot clubs. When council members finally voted at their last meeting, they deadlocked with Councilman Pete Constant absent. Read a summary of that meeting here.
The proposal coming to a vote—unless it’s tabled again—would limit pot shops to commercial and industrial districts and require they grow the product on site. It would put buffers between collectives and homes, schools, daycares, libraries and places of worship, among other “sensitive use” facilities. It would prohibit collectives from using cash—an effective moratorium for an industry barred from using federally regulated bank accounts. The draft ordinance is available here for review.
Regardless of this week’s vote, it looks like at least one or two citizen-led initiatives will make it to the fall ballot, which could overturn whatever decision the council makes in the meantime.
San Jose has long struggled to regulate the burgeoning pot industry. Shops started popping up in 2009, which led to years of discussions over how to police and zone them. The council in 2012 voted on a 10-club cap, but the public overturned the decision by referendum. In the absence of municipal rules, the population of marijuana clubs in San Jose boomed into the dozens while every other neighboring city banned them outright.
Some city leaders want to institute a ban here, too. Others fear that unless they come up with a set of sensible rules, the public could once again revoke them by referendum.
More from the San Jose City Council agenda for June 10, 2014:
- Police officers and dispatchers looking for mental health or addiction treatment were being denied service when they sought help. So the city wants to switch service providers for its employee assistance plan, a 100 percent city-paid benefit.
- Tax revenue is increasing year over year, Mayor Chuck Reed says in his June budget message. That will allow the city to hire more community service officers, park rangers and code enforcement inspectors. It also allows for a third police academy.
- Looks like code enforcement officers may soon get to charge people with misdemeanors instead of just infractions.
- The council will vote on whether to make the half-century-old Century 21 Theater a historic landmark.
- A city-employee-turned-labor lobbyist wants an exemption from a policy that prevents ex-city employees from lobbying the city.
- Workforce development group work2future will have a lot less money this year since the state has scaled back grants. The city will renew its annual contract with the nonprofit, which has focused on helping unemployed and underemployed residents find jobs.
- The city will team up with nonprofit Downtown Streets Team to give homeless people jobs cleaning up parts of downtown.
- Water rates are slated to tick up by 11 percent this summer.
WHAT: City Council meets
WHEN: 1:30pm Tuesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260