Cal­i­for­nia cities ban pot sales ahead of state vote

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - MARKETPLACE - By Paul Elias

SAN JOSE >> Wor­ried that Cal­i­for­nia might le­gal­ize recre­ational mar­i­juana, the state’s third-largest city by pop­u­la­tion has voted to ban pot sales ahead of Tues­day’s elec­tion.

San Jose isn’t alone in scram­bling to block the pos­si­ble ef­fects of Proposition 64, which also al­lows cities to en­act lo­cal bans on mar­i­juana sales.

Dozens of cities and coun­ties from tiny Blue Lake in the heart of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s pot-growing mecca to Na­tional City near the Mex­ico border have ei­ther im­posed or are con­tem­plat­ing tough re­stric­tions on recre­ational mar­i­juana sales and cul­ti­va­tion. Lo­cal gov­ern­ments can’t pro­hibit peo­ple 21 and older from hav­ing up to six mar­i­juana plants for per­sonal use and pos­sess­ing up to an ounce of pot.

San Jose City Coun­cil mem­bers said they passed the tem­po­rary ban to give city of­fi­cials time to de­velop reg­u­la­tions for sales and farm­ing.

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San Jose joined other cities on Nov. 1, 2016, by ban­ning pot shops ahead of Tues­day’s vote on whether to le­gal­ize the drug in Cal­i­for­nia.

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