The debate over what to do with the city’s 100-plus medical marijuana collectives looks like it will finally result in some action Tuesday, when the City Council will vote on setting up a complete regulatory program.
This comes after a memo was submitted last month by Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Councilmembers Rose Herrera, Sam Liccardo and Pete Constant to impose a cap of 10 on collectives in San Jose.
On the heels of voters overwhelmingly passing Measure U last November, which would impose a tax on all medical marijuana collective sales, Mayor Chuck Reed has suggested an eBay-style auction for permits.
Recommendations for the complete regulatory program include:
• Establishing land use regulations pertaining to medical marijuana collectives and establishing a zoning verification certificate process. These amendments would then be given to the planning commission for a report and recommendation, before a public hearing date is set for the City Council.
• Establishing a registration process pertaining to medical marijuana collectives.
• Establishing regulations pertaining to medical marijuana collectives and to the individual cultivation and use of medical marijuana.
• Establishing a city staffing plan for the 2011-12 fiscal year, and amending the schedule of fees and charges to include an annual operating fee as well as the schedule of fines. This would then become part of the Mayor Reed’s June budget message.
• Adopting a resolution to add a medical marijuana collective application processing fee of $2,400 per collective.
Following all of these actions, a lottery would then be set up for collectives, which would then lead to an auction.
Other matters the council will address Tuesday include decisions related to financing Convention Center renovations as well as the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo renovation project. And, of course, there will be labor negotiations updates.