Two years after enacting citywide pot regulations, San Jose may create a dedicated department to enforce them.
A Division of Marijuana Control would cost about $2.7 million a year and require more than a dozen employees with expertise in law, code enforcement and finance. To recover costs, the city would charge each of its 16 registered collectives a yearly fee of about $170,000.
The City Council on Tuesday will consider the plan in addition to other changes to its marijuana ordinance.
City officials recently met California “weed czar” Lori Ajax, who heads the state’s new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Control, to talk about packaging, testing and the lack of uniformity of local pot laws.
“The challenge for staff has been that the regulatory landscape changes weekly, with new cities and counties considering programs to allow medical marijuana cultivation or manufacturing,” Assistant City Manager Angelique Gaeta and Planning Director Harry Freitas wrote in a memo.
Some ideas floated by city officials include allowing more than one site per collective for cultivation, manufacturing and extraction. The city will consider allowing clubs to obtain product from suppliers throughout the state, as long as they pay for the cost of inspections.
More from the San Jose City Council agenda for March 29, 2016:
- Most of the city’s union contracts expire in 2018, according to a report on labor negotiations. But the city remains in talks with the Police Officers’ Association about a successor agreement to the one that expires this year. Meanwhile, the city has a number of meet-and-confer items to tackle, including classification reviews and health care issues.
- Mayor Sam Liccardo will introduce his budget proposal, which asks his colleagues to “tap the brakes” on city spending to prepare for future budget shortfalls.
- Now that the court affirmed the city’s right to charge developers an inclusionary housing fee, the affordable housing charge will go into effect this summer. The policy requires builders to set aside 20 percent of new market-rate apartments for below-market rate housing or cough up an in-lieu fee.
- The city may team up with a nonprofit to deploy mobile showers for the homeless. If approved, the $350,000 contract with Project WeHOPE would extend through 2017.
- San Jose residents cut water use by 28 percent, while city facilities slashed potable water use by 35 percent.
- Because of staffing and equipment shortages, city street-sweepers only cleaned 62 percent of assigned curb miles last year. An audit up for review suggests outsourcing the service if the city can’t afford to handle it in-house.
- A federal grant funding 14 firefighters for $3 million a year expires in 2018. The city will have to figure out how to pick up the cost, which has already been rolled into the general fund forecast in this year’s budget proposals.
WHAT: City Council meets
WHEN: 1:30pm Tuesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260