SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 25, 2014) - Proponents of the San Jose Medical Marijuana Regulation for San Jose Act (MMRSJ), are cleared to collect signatures for the 2014 ballot. Signature gathering begins today in front of the Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour at the SAP Center in Downtown San Jose. The MMRSJ initiative was created in response to the City of San Jose's failure to provide workable regulations for San Jose cannabis clubs. It is supported by the Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition, Americans for Policy Reform, Control & Regulate San Jose and a majority of cannabis clubs in San Jose.
"MMRSJ puts in place reasonable regulations and creates a commission to address any impact to the community. For the past 5 years, without regulations, we have had the wild west in San Jose. That needs to stop," said Dave Hodges, Proponent & Founder of A2C2, the All American Cannabis Club. "It is crucial that we collect enough signatures to make the San Jose ballot. We have been here before with the city and the regulations they proposed forced us to do a referendum. We must put reasonable regulations in place to stop the city council from creating something we cannot live with."
On December 10th, 2013 the San Jose City council started a process to come up with their own regulations and began to enforce their stance that "all dispensaries are illegal."
"MMRSJ will ensure medical cannabis patients have the access they need in San Jose as intended in Prop 215," said John Lee, Proponent & Founder of Americans for Policy Reform. "The closure of cannabis clubs should not be indiscriminate. It should be based on the community needs. If a cannabis club is disturbing the neighborhood and creating a nuisance, then of course it should be shut down. On the other hand, a well-run cannabis club can have a positive impact and enhance their community."
Proponents John Lee & Dave Hodges are also proponents for the statewide legalization measure, the Marijuana Control, Legalization & Revenue Act (MCLR). "We cannot stop fighting for medical cannabis based on the hope of statewide legalization. Medical cannabis is extremely important for many people and we have to do everything we can to protect it," said Hodges. "Don't worry, we will be collecting signatures for the 2014 statewide legalization at the show as well."
The supporters of MMRSJ would like to collect 30,000 signatures before the March 18th San Jose City Council meeting on the topic, but have set a goal of completing the signature drive on April 20th, 2014.
For further information regarding the campaign including how to volunteer or contribute, please visit www.svcannabis.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org