San Jose could dramatically raise the fines for violating its new cannabis club regulations. The City Council on Tuesday will consider an escalating schedule of fees ranging from $2,500 to $50,000.
Currently, a violation costs just $25.
Come Oct. 17, the grace period for pot clubs to comes to a close. City officials want to make sure the enforcement program is robust enough to get people to comply.
“The proposed changes would support more effective enforcement of regulations applicable to medical marijuana establishments by setting forth reasonable fines that encourage compliance with the code,” San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel writes in a memo proposing the new fees.
Here’s the suggested fee schedule:
The council adopted new pot club regulations over the summer that restricted dispensaries to about 1 percent of the city. Cannabis clubs were given a three-month grace period to relocate or shut down. Attempts to overturn the new regulations fell flat when pot club advocates failed to collect enough signatures for a referendum.
Meanwhile, Santa Clara County banned cannabis collectives from unincorporated parts of the region.
Earlier this summer, San Jose counted 78 pot clubs within city limits. Only a handful are expected to survive once enforcement rolls out next month.
More from the San Jose City Council agenda for Sept. 30, 2014:
- The Chinese government will pay for Deputy Director of Economic Development Kerry Adams Hapner to travel to China as part of a “cultural exchange” trip.
- The Children’s Discovery Museum located downtown has raised $1 million to add 15,200 square feet of outdoor exhibits. The expansion will allow the museum to add programming that focuses on environmental education, water conservation and sustainable food production.
- Developers are asking the council to annex more than 300 acres in south San Jose to pave the way for future development on Communications Hill.
- The Audobon Society asked the city to require migratory bird studies for construction projects that would root up trees.
WHAT: City Council meets
WHEN: 1:30pm Tuesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260