Showdown in San Jose Today: Collectives Battle Cops at Council

If the first rule of negotiation is to ask for way more than you need, then work your way down, San Jose has just made a cheeky offer to medical cannabis clubs.

This afternoon the San Jose City Council will convene a heated meeting over its first-ever ordinance to regulate the fifty or so clubs currently operating within the city. The ordinance would make citizens pay $95,000 for a chance to randomly win one of ten coveted permits. Permit holders would then face a wide array of restrictions on their operations, including one rule mandating that no cash be exchanged for their product.

While 354 California cities have stuck their head in the sand by either passing temporary moratoriums or avoiding the topic, and 141 cities have bulldoggishly banned clubs, only 41 have passed regulations. San Jose’s are set to be among the most expensive and high-maintenance.

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