San Jose City Council Passes Ordinance Allowing Recreational Marijuana Sales in 2018
(BayAreaNewsTalk.com) – The San Jose City Council unanimously passed an ordinance today
that will allow 16 medical marijuana dispensaries in the city to sell
marijuana for recreational purposes to adults 21 and older starting on Jan.
The ordinance only allows recreational marijuana sales in the city
for the dispensaries that are currently allowed to sell it for medicinal
purposes. No zoning districts or exclusionary zones changed with the passage
of the ordinance.
A handful of community members and city personnel spoke for and
against the passage of the ordinance, including San Jose police Chief Eddie
Garcia, who was concerned that marijuana might fall into the hands of minors
if recreational sales were allowed.
One community member, Sean Kalli-Rai, reminded the councilmembers
that every single district in San Jose voted in favor of Proposition 64 in
last November’s election.
Another community member, Kevin Kittlia, spoke strongly against
the ordinance and the current dispensaries in the city, citing his born-again
“I’ve seen what this drug does to people,” Kittlia said. “I have
had friends that had their lives destroyed by this … Again, I ask you,
please, please, please do away with the marijuana dispensaries just because
this hurts people.”
The passage of the ordinance will also allow the delivery of
marijuana to non-medicinal customers.