SAN JOSE, Calif. —
Dozens of pot clubs in San Jose are facing strict rules that would force them to close, but there’s a last ditch effort going on that could save some of those businesses.
Supporters of medical marijuana pot clubs say they are sifting through and validating the more than 60,000 signatures that have been gathered to make sure they are legit and ready to be turned into the city for a referendum.
About 20 pot clubs in San Jose have closed effective Friday because they did not meet recently approved zoning regulations for pot clubs. About 50 more are waiting to hear if there have been enough validated signatures for a referendum.
The city recently approved new zoning and regulations to mainly industrialized parts of the city, and policy regulations which include shops having to grow their own pot. They say the new rules would force many to close.
Pot club owners argue that these regulations will make it harder for patients to receive their medical marijuana.
Many city officials and the mayor have a different take on the issue. They say passing these new regulations will cut down on marijuana-related crime and sales to underage people. Many business owners in San Jose say the collectives drive away customers and employees.
If there are enough signatures for a referendum, the issue could be on the ballot in November.
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