SAN JOSE (KCBS) –Medical marijuana dispensary owners in San Jose are pinning their collective hopes on a referendum against a new city ordinance that requires 130 of 140 clubs in the city to close within 30 days.

A signature gathering effort starts Wednesday to overturn the ordinance, which collective owners see as too restrictive.

”We’ll have about 30 days, starting today, to collect around 60,000 signatures,” said Dave Hodges with the All American Cannabis Club. “In the city of San Jose we have about 1,500 people whose jobs depend on this issue. So we have a lot of people that are very motivated to make this happen.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said that it would cost the city one million to four million dollars to put the issue on the ballot, depending on when the election is held.

”If there’s something else on the ballot then it reduces the cost,” said Reed. “If it’s a stand-alone, with one issue only, then it could be as much as $4 million.”

The new ordinance limits the number of pot clubs to 10, and requires on-site marijuana cultivation.

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Comments (3)
  1. Tim Stead says:

    I hope it costs 40 million, when will they leave it be, they aren’t hurting anyone. I’ll sign there petition!

  2. Helen Gascon says:

    I suffer from PTSD and if it wasn’t for my dispensary I don’t believe I would ever leave my home. they treat me with respect and honor for serving our country. Because of my disability it makes it hard to trust anyone or feel safe. They do. would you allow only 10 doctors to treat all the patients in their district. why show Medical Marajuana Dispensaries such DISCRIMINATION? I really don’t care how much it cost or how long I have signed the petition and will continue to support all humans rights for MEDICAL TREATMENT at the DISPENSARY of THEIR CHOICE!!!

  3. George Wilson says:

    The city isn’t banning them! They are limiting them to 10 and in APPROPRIATE locations. Right now, a majority of dispensaries are next to homes, daycares, schools, drug rehab centers, churches, etc. AND they attract negative effects such as robberies, loitering, burglaries, noise and air pollution, etc. Signing the referendum does NOTHING but waste more money on this issue that has already been decided!