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San Jose Approves New Regulations for Medical Marijuana Clubs

The city council voted 10 to 1 on Tuesday for new regulations designed to allow pot dispensaries to operate easier and also cut down on illegal drug activity.

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    San Jose is loosening up some of its tight restrictions on medical marijuana clubs. Robert Handa reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016)

    San Jose is loosening up some of its tight restrictions on medical marijuana clubs.

    The city council voted 10 to 1 on Tuesday for new regulations designed to allow pot dispensaries to operate easier and also cut down on illegal drug activity.

    There are 16 medical marijuana clubs operating legally in San Jose. But officials acknowledge there are many illegal dispensaries growing and delivering pot illegally.

    The new regulations approved also include a staff recommendation to allow licensed pot clubs to make home deliveries. Pot clubs will also have two cultivation sites, including some outside the city, according to the new regulations.

    San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said he hopes the new regulations will cut down on illegal operations.

    "We hope people will go to the legal alternative that we have," Garcia said.

    The city is also waiting to see what happens in November regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana use.

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