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San Jose City Council Revisits Thorny Issues Surrounding Pot Clubs

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Marijuana is poured from a jar at at medical marijuana dispensary. (David McNew/Getty Images)

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SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The San Jose City Council was poised to take another step in the long process of legalizing the sale of medical marijuana; still, a number of questions were yet to be resolved surrounding the matter.

For instance, how many pot clubs should be allowed? There are at least 100 currently operating in the city.

“There’s a great deal of effort that goes into setting up a regulatory system and being able to make sure that people are complying with the law, being able to monitor that, make sure they’re following the law. We have the capacity right now with the staffing we have and the funding we have, to deal with ten,” stressed Mayor Chuck Reed. “Once we’re successful and we have control, it’s possible we can increase the number in later years but we’ve just got to do the amount that we can handle and that’s ten.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:


An even more controversial proposal would require collectives to grow their pot on-site. Critics say that’s unrealistic because it would require too big of an operation than most can manage.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, councilmembers will consider where the pot clubs should be located.

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