San Jose cannabis activists hoping to repeal the city’s new dispensary regulations say they have almost 50,000 petition signatures before today’s deadline. The Citizens Coalition for Patient Care, a group running the petition drive, calls the City Council’s ordinance “unworkable.” The group says it needs 29,653 valid signatures to qualify for a referendum to overturn San Jose’s ordinance.
The referendum would let voters decide whether to repeal a city ordinance that would slash the number of permitted dispensaries to 10 and require them to grow and process all buds, edibles, tinctures and capsules on-site. Another option would be for the City Council to draft a new ordinance.
CCPC Chairman James Anthony and other activists are holding a press conference at 10am Friday at City Hall to announce the exact number of signatures, as well as turn them in to the City Clerk’s office. After the City Council approved the ordinance last month, CCPC dispatched hundreds of trained volunteers and paid petitioners across the city.
“We’re seeing a very enthusiastic response from the community in San Jose,” Matt Witemyre, CCPC co-chairman, said during the signature gathering.