San Jose Cannabis Collectives Give Back to San Jose Residents
San Jose, CA (July 14, 2014) The Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition has secured vouchers for 30,000 free medical marijuana evaluations as well as over 45,000 vouchers for free grams of medical marijuana. The group plans to pass the vouchers out to San Jose residents over the next 3 days. Starting today the group will also be putting on an “occupy style” protest at San Jose City Hall for the remainder of the week. All patients, collective employees and community supporters are urged to attend the protest and to sign a petition for a referendum that would stop the city from closing collectives in just 4 days, on July 18th.
The group plans to pass out the vouchers at 10-12 locations throughout San Jose. A Google map with the locations for the free medical marijuana evaluation & medical marijuana can be found at http://www.svcannabis.org/free/
“The city’s polling proved that over 80% of San Jose residents do not want to ban collectives,” said John Lee, Director of the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition (SVCC). “So instead of banning collectives outright, the Mayor decided to make it impossible to operate them, and that’s what we’re fighting against.”
Activists claim the regulations supported by Mayor Reed put hundreds of employees out of work and endanger neighborhoods by pushing marijuana sales back to the “black market.” This “market” for marijuana will not ask for ID or medical recommendations, and will make it easier for children to access marijuana.
San Jose’s new regulations require all medical marijuana concentrates, edibles and topicals be produced on-site, by the collective; something that’s virtually impossible for the dozens of businesses currently operating in the city. Medical marijuana vendors statewide will not be allowed to provide any products to collectives in San Jose. Outdoor growing is banned as are medical marijuana patients ages 18 to 20 from working at, or even getting medication from, collectives.
“While the mayor claims there are ‘hundreds of potential locations,’ the fact is, even in the best case scenario, it would be hard if not impossible for anyone to operate a club under these new regulations,” said Dave Hodges, founder of the All American Cannabis Club (A2C2).“And of the potential locations, only a handful are available to lease for a cannabis club.”
Media Advisory About the “Occupy Style” Protest & Rally this Week
What/Why: Occupy style camping & protest against the city of San Jose’s plans to begin closing cannabis collectives in the city on July 18th, 2014
When: Monday July 14th, 2014 at 12pm until Thursday July 17th, 2014 at 8pm
Where: San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Who: All San Jose medical marijuana patients, supporters, collectives and their employees and community supporters are invited to attend.