SAN JOSE — San Jose residents next year can buy marijuana at any of the city’s 16 licensed medical pot shops, the City Council decided in a unanimous vote on Tuesday.

The decision doesn’t allow new pot shops to open in San Jose and maintains rules on where the cannabis dispensaries are located — away from schools, parks and other collectives. But it aligns San Jose policies with the will of voters who last year approved Proposition 64, which legalized marijuana for adult use.

“I’m against children and youth using this drug but I understand the voters voted for recreational use,” said Councilman Johnny Khamis, who also asked city officials to explore lifting a ban that prohibits cannabis business owners from owning more than one location. “I would rather see all marijuana — whether people are buying it for medicinal or recreational purposes — be regulated and taxed.”

Mayor Sam Liccardo agreed, saying the city has a “good set of rules in place” for its 16 medical marijuana dispensaries.

Three years ago, San Jose became one of the first major cities to regulate medical marijuana. Leaders adopted two laws: One that outlined where the shops could go — away from schools, parks and other collectives — and another that controlled who can run a shop and how it operates. The city also required shop owners to register and pay fees, including a 10 percent tax on their gross receipts.

After weeding out hundreds of illegal pot shops, only 16 collectives made it through the city’s stringent registration process. Now, those 16 locations will be allowed to sell and deliver non-medical marijuana — with a state license — starting in early 2018.

Under the plan approved Tuesday, the 16 pot shops would be required to apply to sell recreational weed, pay registration fees and go through additional …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Business

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