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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Free Pot Fights Pot Shop Shut Down

San Jose Pot Shop Shut Down:  With the City of San Jose planning to implement new regulations that could shut down many of its dispensaries at the end of the week (July 2014), the fight over medical marijuana in the South Bay is intensifying.

Meantime, supporters began offering complimentary medical marijuana to bolster their campaign against the city. They set up a tent across from City Hall to symbolize an “Occupy”-type protest against San Jose's new regulations.

They point out they're not against regulations, only what they call the 'unreasonable' ones, but it is the free weed that is getting everyone's attention.

Dave Hodges, owner of the All American Cannabis Club, 1082 Stockton Ave., said his shop is closing its doors Friday because he can't meet San Jose's tighter new regulations by this week's deadline.

But Hodges and the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition are fighting back with a voter referendum to limit the city's power. The coalition set up stations in about a dozen locations citywide offering vouchers to registered San Jose voters for a free gram of pot and medical evaluations to become patients.

The coalition avoided accusations of drug dealing by making signing the referendum “optional,” meaning anyone with a medical marijuana card could get the voucher, even if they didn't sign the petition.

The Other Side:  Councilman and mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo wasn't impressed with Monday’s free pot tactics. "When you have to give away free drugs in order to get support for an idea, that says something about the quality of your ideas,” Liccardo said.  While he scoffed at the free pot vouchers, Liccardo acknowledged the city still isn't sure how to deal with specialized pot products. "It's one of the reasons why we shouldn't have cities regulating drugs,” he said. “We should have the FDA regulating drugs."

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Posted By: STS  First @ 12:45:09 PM


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