Santa Clara County may extend its moratorium on medical marijuana collectives until it comes up with a plan to regulate them—or ban them altogether.
The Board of Supervisors enacted a moratorium in June in the wake of San Jose’s new regulations that threaten to shutter most of the city’s 78 pot clubs. The fear was that those dispensaries would move to unincorporated parts of the county instead.
On Tuesday, supervisors are expected to recommend an all-out ban for unincorporated areas.
Currently, Silicon Valley has a higher per-capita ratio of pot clubs than Berkeley, San Francisco and Los Angeles, according to the county.
About 200 cities in California have enacted a total ban, including Gilroy, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill and Milpitas.
County officials say they want to watch how the new ordinance plays out in San Jose. If the number of clubs falls too low to keep up with patients’ needs, supervisors could roll back the ban and come up with a slate of strict regulations instead.
Meanwhile, supervisors may direct the county to come up with a regulatory proposal for cannabis-infused edibles. The county’s Weights and Measures Division is looking to bring pot clubs under its purview, to monitor scales and scanners and send an inspector to make sure marijuana products are accurately labeled with weight, measure and count.
Health officials are developing a public health campaign to educate various audiences—patients, parents and youth—about marijuana. Analysts will also continue to study federal, state and local marijuana policies to present at future board meetings.
One such policy proposal, SB 1262 authored by Sen. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana), would reinforce authority of local law. It would expressly require counties and cities to pass their own regulations or ban. It would create a Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation to license clubs already approved by local municipalities.
The bill is expected to arrive on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk by the end of the month.
On a federal level, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing cannabis for potential re-classification. The agency employs an eight-factor analysis to decide whether a drug meets criteria for its designated schedule, in this case a Schedule I controlled substance, the most dangerous classification.
The FDA re-evaluated marijuana’s classification in 2001 and 2006—recommending both times to maintain the drug’s Schedule I classification, which limits research into medical use.
- Goodwill, Bill Wilson Center, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and the Healthier Kids Foundation were among recipients of Measure A funds. Here’s a full list of new Measure A service agreements.
- The county is late in renewing its contract with an organ transplant firm. The California Transplant Donor Network facilitates more than 1,000 organ donations a year. More than 10 million potential donors have added their names to the registry. There are 118,000 patients on the national waiting list.
- Sheriff’s deputies will help patrol the new Levi’s Stadium.
- New policies up for consideration aim to prevent wage theft. A company that owes its employees money wouldn’t be able to do business with the county, under new rules.
- Supervisors want to look at ways to help some of the unaccompanied minors that have shown up by the tens of thousands to the nation’s southern border. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) brought the issue before the board earlier this summer, urging county officials to take action. “The problem only continues to worsen and options for solutions decrease,” the county memo states. “In the last eight months, estimates suggest that a minimum of 57,000 new children have entered the system without a parent or guardian. Officials are expecting another 74,000 within the next year.” One option would be to place children in host families, as opposed to a group setting.
- A pending agreement would relinquish control of the Palo Alto airport from the county to the city.
- Supervisors will pause a moment in remembrance of Michael Reeves, who died in June in a bicycling accident. A car struck the 54-year-old while he was cycling in Monterey County. He is survived by his wife, Mary Gray-Reeves, the first female Episcopal bishop in California.
- They will also commend the life of Luc Nguyen, who died last month from heart complications at the age of 67. The former airman escaped from Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and eventually settled in San Jose. He later became chairman of a Bay Area Vietnamese soccer league and major organizer of the Tet Festival at the county fairgrounds.
- The county may offer $100,000 in matching funds to the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce for a year-long jobs-creation initiative.
- Auditors in the coming fiscal year plan to look into San Jose’s 9-1-1 response times, the jail’s inmate welfare fund, the county Controller-Treasurer’s office and highest users of county services. Not to mention other cases brought to their attention by whistleblowers.
- “America’s first line of defense in a terrorist attack is the ‘first responder,’” reads a memo about how the county’s vying for federal anti-terrorism grants. “Homeland Security grant funding is designated to build on existing first responder capabilities in order to save lives and make the nation safer.” That’s the same justification that allows local law enforcement agencies to buy things like cellphone data-scooping (aka spying) technology.
- Year Up, an organization that helps low-income youth find internships and employment at top Silicon Valley firms, wants to work with the county to expand its reach in the region.
- Be aware that August is “Breastfeeding Awareness Month.”
WHAT: Board of Supervisors meets
WHEN: 9am Tuesday
WHERE: County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose
INFO: Clerk of the Board, 408.599.5001