As city leaders continue to ponder how to regulate local pot shops, Councilmember Rose Herrera wants to limit all campaign contributions from collectives, their owners and employees, and spouses of these people.
Herrera’s proposal makes it to the Rules and Open Government Committee on Wednesday, when she asks for a prohibition on contributions in time for the 2014 election cycle. The ban would be similar to one that prevents cardrooms from donating to candidates running for City Council.
“Campaign funding from the medical marijuana industry presents a corrupting influence on public policy makers at a time when the city is working to develop regulations for these establishments,” Herrera writes. “The City Council should prohibit campaign contributions from medical marijuana establishments and their representatives to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest and to minimize the influence of an industry dedicated to the sale of a substance that remains illegal under federal law.”
It’s unclear which candidate this ordinance would hurt, or help, and how the city would even regulate such a provision, considering the city does not even know who works at most collectives within San Jose.
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WHAT: Rules and Open Government Committee meets
WHEN: 2pm Wednesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260