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Marijuana Ordinance Back in Front of San Jose City Council

Two years after the marijuana industry overturned local regulations on collectives, city officials aim to give it another shot, reports

The City Council on Tuesday will consider an ordinance proposal that would, among other proscriptions, limit pot shops to commercial and industrial districts and require them to grow their medicine on-site. It would also impose a 1,000-foot buffer between clubs and schools, daycares, community centers, libraries, parks and places of worship and 500 feet from drug rehabs and homes.

Mayoral candidates and council members Sam Liccardo, Madison Nguyen and Pierluigi Oliverio authored a joint memo that supports “sensible regulation” over an outright ban. When the city imposed a 10-dispensary cap along with a set of land-use rules a few years ago, cannabis club operators fought back with enough signatures to nullify them. The fear among elected leaders now is that if the city doesn’t come up with a solid regulatory proposal, they could face another referendum.
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