San Jose took a step toward welcoming medical cannabis into its fair city
on Tuesday night -- 14 years after state voters approved medical cannabis, six months after pot clinics began sprouting up in Northern California's largest city and about five months after
a city council member openly declared the cash-strapped burg ought to do something about it all: namely, start taxing.
Via a 7-3 vote last night, the council essentially said, "Yes, we ought to do something about it, and we will -- in June, when city staff comes back to us with a regulation and taxation plan that they'll spend the next few months concocting." Not exactly words to foment a revolution -- but for those who'd like to see green generating green in San Jose, it's a good day. "San Jose took a pragmatic step," Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio said Wednesday. "We said, 'We want a limited number of dispensaries in limited places, and we want them taxed.'"
Pot? Check. Taxes. Check. Step three: Profit.