The Planning Commission is advising the City Council to take a less rigid approach in capping medical marijuana collectives.
Included in recommendations voted on in July, the planning commission suggests a cap of 25 collectives instead of the council’s preferred number of 10. As of this spring, there were more than 100 medical marijuana collectives operating in San Jose.
Also, under the commission’s recommendations, collectives would be allowed to go from two to three per district, and cultivation of marijuana would be allowed on- and off-site rather than strictly inside a collective.
Planning commissioner Norm Kline told the Mercury News, “There’s clearly a need for these collectives and dropping them to 10 would limit access. It makes more sense to offer more access.”
What remains unclear is if the city will still take the first-come, first-served approach that has been criticized heavily by many inside the medical marijuana industry, as well as by councilmembers Pierluigi Oliverio, Ash Kalra and Donald Rocha. Many are worried that the city won’t be getting the best collectives, but city officials have admitted there is not enough manpower or expertise to go through each collective’s application.
While Mayor Chuck Reed’s idea to to do a permit system is no longer an option, the threat of lawsuits from collectives left out in the cold remains.
The council will reportedly take up the matter again on Sept. 13.