MEDICAL CANNABIS ORDINANCE GOES BEFORE PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL IN JUNE

SVCC along with MC3 continues its effort to provide San Jose City Council and staff with information and education to define a better medical cannabis ordinance then what is presently before the council. The current ordinance includes many challenging requirements for operators to adhere to. The biggest challenges are the zoning of these establishments, required on-site cultivation, and the “first come, first served” method for the permitting.   There are still many questions that the city is not clear on. One glaring question, will collectives have to shut down prior to the application process? Will the city try to shut down some operation prior to implementing the process? These topics and more will be discussed. Please attend this meeting so that we may speak as one voice in solidarity. Your input is valued.

 

MEETING NOTE: the meeting will be at the same location as usual but we will be in a different room of Local 5.

meeting

@

ufcw local 5

240 south market st 

san jose, ca 95113

on

June 1, 2011 @ 8: 00 pm

Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition is a no cost grassroots coalition comprised of the community, industry, faith, public safety, health, and labor. SVCC is dedicated to assisting Santa Clara county municipalities in coming up with and constructing together proven, effective, uniform ordinances and an application process that stabilize our industry for our patients, our workers and the communities we work in.

Validation is available only at the large outdoor parking lot @ 2nd St and San Carlos.  (Enter parking lot through 375 South 2nd St)

 

NOTE: Parking adjacent to Local 5 and street parking cannot be validated.

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MEDICAL CANNABIS ORDINANCE GOES BEFORE PLANNING COMMISSION AND CITY COUNCIL IN JUNE

SVCC has provided to San Jose City Council Members and staff an outline of a M.B.A.R.P.P., a merit based application process with objectives that drive the application and regulation process and fits into the City’s medical cannabis ordinance. Part of this program when the process has started allows the City to collect non-refundable permit application fees. This solves the financial burden to the City Manager’s Office and Police Department immediately! Further, because the M.B.A.R.P.P. is a merit based, objective driven regulatory program it will protect the community and rewards sincere and dignified medical cannabis employers. This process and ordinance could generate millions of dollars (annually) in predictable, reliable, sustainable tax revenue streams and annual permit fees. Hopefully, San Jose is willing to listen and look at dignified and effective revenue generating cannabis industry in and for San Jose.

MEETING MAY 24, 2001 @ 8PM

@

UFCW LOCAL 5

230 SOUTH MARKET ST.

SAN JOSE, CA 95113

Validation is available only at the large outdoor parking lot @ 2nd St and San Carlos.  (Enter parking lot through 375 South 2nd St)

NOTE: Parking adjacent to Local 5 and street parking cannot be validated.

 

Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition is a no cost grassroots coalition comprised of the community, industry, faith, public safety, health, and labor. SVCC is dedicated to assisting Santa Clara county municipalities in coming up with and constructing together proven, effective, uniform ordinances and an application process that stabilize our industry for our patients, our workers and the communities we work in.

 

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New Meeting Night (this week on Wednesday)

 

Attention Medical Cannabis Workers and Operators in San Jose

 

Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition is hosting a meeting to discuss plans to deal with the proposed ordinance in San Jose. The SJ Council has put off finalizing the ordinance until June. Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition along with other associations (SV ASA, CPA, and MC3) continues to work to come up with a plan to deal with the city council’s proposed ordinance. We feel addressing the council in solidarity and as a large single voice the best approach. Council Members who voted for the ordinance (Reed, Nguyen, Herrera, Liccardo, Constant, & Pyle) may submit a motion to alter the current plan and then a vote by the council on that motion. The two most glaring issues are on-site cultivation and the “first come-first served” method of issuing the permits. We are also still concerned about the cap of 10 dispensaries. SVCC will continue to meet in preparation for the Planning Commission meeting and the City Council meetings in June. Please come to see what we discussing and also to give input. Special thanks to Silicon Valley ASA for coming because this really is about the patients and safe access.

 

MEETING

@

UFCW Local 5

230 South Market St

San Jose, CA 95113

on

May 11, 2011 @ 8: 00 pm

 

 

Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition:  is a  no cost grassroots, community, faith, labor & industry, public safety & health based coalition dedicated to assisting Silicon Valley municipalities and dignified cannabis industry employers in coming together and constructing proven, effective, uniform ordinances and M.B.A.P.’s that stabilize our industry for our patients, our workers and the communities we work in and serve.

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NEXT SVCC MEETING MAY 3, @ 8:00pm

Attention medical cannabis workers and operators in San Jose 

 

SAN JOSE CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO REDUCE DISPENSARIES

The new restrictions passed 6-5 in favor of reducing 100+ collectives down to 10, limits the locations in each district, and mandates medical cannabis be grown on-site.   In addition to these conditions, the council disregarded suggestions of a R.F.P. process or a Merit Based Application process and instead went with a “First Come, First Served” process.

 

Last week SVCC hosted the meeting along with MC3 and CPA (also present Councilman Kalra) to construct a plan on our continued effort to have input into the city ordinance for medical cannabis. This is a collaborative project. We encourage workers and operators to come and have their voices heard. If the collectives can come together and speak with one voice it might better service everyone involved with convincing the city council to come up with a reasonable and dignified ordinance.

MEETING 

@

UFCW Local 5

230 South Market St

San Jose, CA 95113

on

May 3, 2011 @ 8: 00 pm

 

Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition:  is a  no cost grassroots, community, faith, labor & industry, public safety & health based coalition dedicated to assisting Silicon Valley municipalities and dignified cannabis industry employers in coming together and constructing proven, effective, uniform ordinances and M.B.A.P.’s that stabilize our industry for our patients, our workers and the communities we work in and serve.

 www.svcannabis.org/408-625-5629

Validation is available only at the large outdoor parking lot @ 2nd St and San Carlos.  (Enter parking lot through 375 South 2nd St)

 

NOTE: Parking adjacent to Local 5 and street parking cannot be validated.

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Next Meeting: April 26th @ 8pm

santa clara county workers and operators of medical cannabis dispensaries and grows

SAN JOSE CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO REDUCE DISPENSARIES TO 10

The new restrictions passed 6-5 in favor of reducing 100+ collectives down to 10, limits the locations in each district, and mandates medical cannabis be grown on-site.   In addition to these conditions, the council disregarded suggestions of a R.F.P. process or a Merit Based Application process and instead went with a “First Come, First Served” process.  Does your collective meet these standards? Does the city really want to collectives for patients or will the ordinance be used to drive them all out of San Jose? Please attend our coalition meeting to help fight this injustice to operators, workers, and patients.

meeting @

ufcw local 5
230
south market st
san jose
, ca 95113

on

april 26, 2011 @ 8: 00 pm

Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition: is a FREE grassroots, community, labor & industry, faith, public safety & health based coalition is dedicated to assisting Silicon Valley municipalities and dignified cannabis industry employers in coming together and constructing proven, effective, uniform ordinances and M.B.A.P.’s that stabilize our industry for our patients, our workers and the communities we work in and that we serve.

www.svcannabis.org/408-625-5629

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY WORKERS AND OPERATORS OF MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARIES AND GROWS

  

Our grassroots, community, labor & industry, faith, public safety & health based coalition is dedicated to assisting Silicon Valley municipalities and dignified cannabis industry employers in coming together and constructing proven, effective, uniform ordinances and M.B.A.P.’s that stabilize our industry for our patients, our workers and the communities we work in and that we serve.

 

Once again the San Jose City Council can’t agree on the process of regulating the medical cannabis industry in the city. There has been no decision on the number of dispensaries the city will allow to remain open, no unified position on where in the city they should be located, and no agreement on the application process.  

 

Please get involved and have input to your community.

 

meeting

@

ufcw local 5

230 south market st

san jose, ca 95113

on

april 19, 2011 @ 11: 00am

 

Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition is a group of workers, operators, growers, patients, attorneys, labor, activists and others concerned about the rights and working conditions within the Medical Cannabis industry of California.

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Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition Pledge of Dignity & Integrity

We, as medical cannabis patients, employees and employers, acknowledge that we are an industry of vulnerability and that we must take certain, deliberate and consistent action to protect those that are most vulnerable within the communities that we serve. We have proactively initiated this public pledge of the standards and commitment that we make as the leading organized representatives of our local industry.

We, the members of the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition pledge to: obey the law; provide excellence in service to our patient members; provide dignity, equality and opportunity to our employees; and dedicate our operations to the highest standards of social and environmental responsibility in the communities in which we operate.

  • Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition pledges to honor the trust of our community by devotedly adhering to California state law including proposition 215 and the Attorney General’s guidelines, as well as all reasonable local ordinances.
  • We pledge to only associate with qualified patients and their caregivers who are residents of the state of California and posses a valid and verifiable CA doctor’s recommendation for medical cannabis.
  • We pledge that we shall not provide medical cannabis to any patient in an amount not consistent with personal medical use.
  • We pledge to go over and above what is required to prevent the illegal sale, barter or distribution of medical cannabis. Including educating our members regarding compliance with existing State and local laws.
  • We pledge that our cultivation and food processing facilities, where edibles are prepared, comply with all relevant federal, state and local health and safety laws pertaining to the preparation of food for our private collective memberships.
  • We pledge to operate a safe and secure environment, including adequate security officers and surveillance that will monitor the grounds and the immediate vicinity 24×7 to assure that all patrons of the property immediately leave the site and do not consume medical cannabis in the vicinity of any club or any adjacent property or parking lot.
  • We pledge to employ a community service officer for neighborhood outreach. We pledge to be both proactive and responsive to the concerns of the neighbors and the communities where we operate.
  • We pledge to employ best accounting practices and maintain transparency with the municipalities where we are operating. We believe in paying our fair share of taxes to support the communities, which we are a vital part of.
  • We pledge to provide a dignified, professional and enjoyable place of work for our employees. We pledge to follow all state and federal employment laws.
  • We pledge card-check neutrality and openness to unionization for our employees. We will strive to provide sustainable single-earner job opportunities to our communities that include good wages, adequate family health care benefits, continuing education, retirement benefits and other adequate family benefits.
  • We pledge to participate in a rewarding industry wide Community Benefits Agreement for our communities.
  • We pledge to work collaboratively with all community stakeholders to establish a safe, friendly and dignified industry for the patients of Cannabis in San Jose and Silicon Valley that is sustainable, commerce friendly, job producing, tax revenue generating and predictable for the entire local community.
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Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition for Sensibility and Dignity: Medical Cannabis Union – Law Enforcement Groups – Community Organizations come together in San Jose

Press Conference:
Monday, 11 April, 2011, 10:00AM

Location:
UFCW Local 5 – Main Hall – 240 S. Market, San Jose, California

MEDICAL CANNABIS UNION – LAW ENFORCEMENT GROUPS – COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TO BRING MERIT BASED PERMIT APPLICATION AND INDUSTRY REGULATION TO SAN JOSE

With over 125 existing medical cannabis industry businesses already operating in San Jose, this Tuesday, the San Jose city council will consider a number of topics regarding the anticipated, long overdue cannabis ordinance including the number of permits that the city will issue.

On Monday, officials and representatives of the United Food and Commercial Workers union local 5 (www.ufcw5.org) , along with another organization named Lawmen Protecting Patients (www.lawmenpro.org) and several community, faith, public safety, health, business, labor, worker resource and education organizations will announce they have formed the “Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition for Sensibility and Dignity”, the SVCCSD (www.svcannabis.org ).

Ron Lind, president-international vice president of the San Jose based UFCW Local 5 said, “We have come together here in San Jose at the request of our members, the community and those that we believe are dignified San Jose medical cannabis industry employers and announce our broad based coalition. As we have done in community after community, we will offer our experience to the city council and city administration as San Jose moves forward in ordaining and regulating the medical cannabis industry”.

“We are here to help bring an end to the confusion and well intentioned, but, sometimes misguided suggestions that are on the table now”, said Dan Rush, statewide special operations director for the San Jose based UFCW Local 5. We are the recognized medical cannabis industry union, in California. Local 5 currently has hundreds of dues paying members working under union contracts, with many more seeking Local 5 union recognition”, said Rush.

Nate Bradley of Lawmen Protecting Patients said, “it’s our duty, as cops and patients to help San Jose. They need us, so we are here to help”.

“A lottery does nothing to stop derelicts and deviants from taking the helm of what can and should be a responsible and dignified medical cannabis industry. Instead, we could be creating good jobs for the community and be providing safe, quality medicine to our vulnerable patients”, said Dave Hodges, founder of A2C2, the All American Cannabis Club in San Jose.

“Auctioning permits on EBAY, as the mayor has proposed is the surest way to have criminals and profiteers running this industry in San Jose”. We have a proven, uniform, merit based permit and regulation process that encourages and rewards dignified employers, and weeds out the bad apples”, said Rush.

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Next meeting

The next meeting of the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition will be, Tuesday April 4th @ 3pm.

The meeting will be located at the

UFCW Local 5
Meeting Hall
240 South Market st
San Jose, Ca 95112

Parking Validation available only at large outdoor parking lot @ 2nd st and San Carlos. (enter parking lot through 2nd st) Parking adjacent to
local 5 and street parking cannot be validated. For more information contact Jon Hughes @ jhughes@ufcw5.org

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City of San Jose Contact Information

Mayor Chuck Reed
408-535-4800
chuck.reed@sanjoseca.gov

Pete Constant
District 1
408-535-4901
pete.constant@sanjoseca.gov

Ash Kalra
District 2
408-535-4902
ash.kalra@sanjoseca.gov

Sam Liccardo
District 3
408-535-4903
sam.liccardo@sanjoseca.gov

Kansen Chu
District 4
408-535-4904
kansen.chu@sanjoseca.gov

Xavier Campos
District 5
408-535-4905
xavier.campos@sanjoseca.gov

Pierluigi Oliverio
District 6
408-535-4906
pierluigi.oliverio@sanjoseca.gov

Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen
District 7
408-535-4907
madison.nguyen@sanjoseca.gov

Rose Herrera
District 8
408-535-4908
rose.herrera@sanjoseca.gov

Donald Rocha
District 9
408-535-4909
donald.rocha@sanjoseca.gov

Nancy Pyle
District 10
408-535-4910
nancy.pyle@sanjoseca.gov

Richard Doyle
City Attorney
408-535-5300
richard.doyle@sanjoseca.gov

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