San Jose's medical marijuana regulations have whittled down the number of pot clubs from upward of 80 last year to just 21 by last count.
Of the dispensaries that applied with the city for zoning approval, 23 passed, two pulled their applications and a dozen are still pending, according to an update from the City Manager's Office. The remaining 21 will now have to pass the second part of the registration process: backgrounding and operational review.
Some of the pot clubs forced to closed teamed up with others that won city approval, pooling investments and resources.
For clubs that didn't even try to register, Code Enforcement has sent letters ordering them to shut down. Twenty-one of those locations have closed for business and the remaining face eviction from their landlords.
The city has cited landlords leasing property to the following dispensaries:
- Cookie Company, Inc.: $75,000
- Platinum Society: $50,000
- San Jose Organics: $37,500
- Herb's: $5,000
- Blue Sky: $35,000
The city is working with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office to make sure the noncompliant pot shops close in a timely manner.