New Rules for South Bay Pot Clubs

By Kellie Onaga
|  Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011  |  Updated 7:22 AM PDT
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Santa Clara County's hard-line attitude towards marijuana collectives may  be going up in smoke.

Soon, District Attorney Jeff Rosen is expected to release guidelines that could let pot collectives run legally in the county, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

If the new rules get the green light, they could put an end to raids that closed some collectives in the South Bay last year. 

Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley says such raids were called for as most collectives in San Jose sell pot in a manner not allowed under the state's medical marijuana law.  The raids stopped after Rosen's office requested a halt so they could go over the laws. 

Rosen's office is now crafting guidelines that would require collectives to operate as the law requires - as nonprofits serving qualified patients - instead of as legal, for-profit businesses.

The San Jose Mercury News reports a draft is expected to be released to the public for feedback in the coming weeks.  Afterwards, revised guidelines are expected to be officially released.

Just last week, the San Jose City Council decided to reduce the maximum number of medical marijuana clubs to ten. That is down from more than 100 that are currently operating in the city limits.

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