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San Jose Cannabis Collectives Slated to Be Shutdown Organize Protest at City Hall This Thursday

San Jose Residents at Rally Will Receive Free Cannabis Cards

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/08/14 -- More than 70 San Jose cannabis collectives have banded together and organized a protest against the city's plans to begin shutting them down on July 18th. A full media advisory is below. The protest will take place in front of San Jose City Hall from 12:00pm-7:10pm this Thursday, July 10th. The first 1,000 San Jose residents to attend will be given a voucher for a free medical cannabis evaluation, and if they qualify as a medical cannabis patient, they can get a free "cannabis card." All patients, collective employees and community supporters are invited to attend the protest and to sign a petition for a referendum that would stop the city from closing collectives.

Time is quickly running out for cannabis clubs in San Jose. Many are small businesses who have worked hard to establish what they have. Combined they employ well over 1,000 people in San Jose. However, in less than 10 days, these employers that provide vital services for hundreds of local patients will be shut down. Their staffs will be unemployed and the legal business they would have received will be shifted back to illegal drug dealers as desperate patients in need have little other recourse to get their medicine.

Dozens of collectives are working together to try to stop the shutdown, but need all the help they can get. They are reaching out to their San Jose members and having them, their families and friends sign the referendum. If the referendum does not succeed, many seriously ill medical cannabis patients who are unable to travel great distances will have no access to their medicine.

"For the past five years I have fought hard to see reasonable regulations in San Jose," said Dave Hodges, founder of the All American Cannabis Club (A2C2). "Unfortunately, if we cannot get the signatures needed for the referendum, A2C2 will close on July 18th. I will always support the cause, but A2C2 lacks the resources to continue the fight."

San Jose's new regulations require all medical concentrates, edibles and topicals be produced on-site, by the collective; something that's virtually impossible for the dozens of businesses currently operating in the city. Medical marijuana vendors statewide will not be allowed to provide any products to collectives in San Jose. Outdoor growing is banned as are medical marijuana patients ages 18 to 20 from working at, or even getting medication from, collectives.

"We need all the help we can get," said John Lee, Director of Control & Regulate San Jose (CRSJ). "For many clubs this is a do-or-die situation, with no other option available. They couldn't be more motivated to make this happen."

Media Advisory about the Protest & Rally this Thursday

What/Why:
A protest against the city of San Jose's plans to begin closing cannabis collectives in the city on July 18th, 2014

When:
Thursday July 10th, 2014 from 12:00pm-7:10pm

Where:
In front of San Jose City Hall
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Who:
All San Jose medical marijuana patients, supporters, collectives and their employees and community supporters are invited to attend.

More Info:
Unless enough signatures are gathered for the referendum, in 10 days the process of closing San Jose cannabis clubs will begin. The following 73 employers will be affected:

  • 1. A Better Way - 3851 Charter Park Drive, Suite Q
  • 2. A2C2 - 1082 Stockton Avenue
  • 3. A2C2 - 3131 S. Bascom Avenue #220
  • 4. Amsterdam's Garden - 2142 The Alameda
  • 5. ARC - 246 East Gish Road
  • 6. Blue Sky Care Center - 3039 Monterey Road
  • 7. Buddy's - 4140 Stevens Creek Boulevard
  • 8. Canna Culture Collective - 3591 Charter Park Drive
  • 9. Capitol Collective - 459 S Capitol Avenue
  • 10. Compassionate Care Clinics - 265 Meridian Avenue, Suite 9
  • 11. Cookies - 972 Rincon Circle
  • 12. DABS - 334 Commercial Street
  • 13. Deals 4 Less - 156 S Jackson Avenue
  • 14. Deals 4 Less - 1999 Monterey Road #130
  • 15. Delta Heath Center - 3114 Story Road
  • 16. Elemental Wellness - 711 Charcot Avenue
  • 17. Fire House - 1629 Almaden Road
  • 18. Fortune Wellness - 2231 Fortune Dr
  • 19. Garden House Remedies - 1814 Hillsdale Avenue, Suite A
  • 20. Greenjeans Place - 3229 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite A
  • 21. GSCC - 623 N.1st Street
  • 22. Harborside - 2106 Ringwood Avenue
  • 23. HAZE - 2348 Alum Rock Avenue
  • 24. HAZE - 1814 Hillsdale Ave Suite A
  • 25. Herbs - 1420 S. Winchester Boulevard
  • 26. Herbs - 282 San Jose Avenue
  • 27. Herbs - 1641 West San Carlos Street
  • 28. HHCC - 88 Tully Road, #107
  • 29. I&I - 2630 Union Avenue
  • 30. I&I - 1530 Alum Rock Avenue
  • 31. Indicare - 2171 Del Franco Street
  • 32. Leaf Lab - 847 Commercial Street
  • 33. Magic Health - 1999 Monterey Highway, Suite 100
  • 34. MediMarts - 1851 Little Orchard Street
  • 35. MedMar Healing Center - 170 S Autumn Street
  • 36. MINT Alternative Healing - 2322 Senter Road
  • 37. Natural Herbal Pain Relief - 519 Parrott Street
  • 38. NC3 - 2175 Stone Avenue, Suite 1
  • 39. Nirvana Wellness - 1926 O'Toole Avenue
  • 40. NorCal Care - 25 N. 14th Street, Suite 60
  • 41. Palliative Health Center - 1670 Zanker Road Suite A
  • 42. Papadon - 590 Lincoln Ave
  • 43. Papadon's 420 Collective - 931 Commercial Street
  • 44. Patient to Patients - 1692 Tully Road, Suite 6
  • 45. Platinum Society - 1174 Lincoln Avenue
  • 46. Portal Herbal Health - 1141 Ringwood Ct #100
  • 47. Premium Fire - 2081 Bering Drive, Suite Y
  • 48. Purple Lotus Patient Center - 903 Commercial Street #50
  • 49. Pyramid Medicinal - 90 E. Gish Road, Suite 250
  • 50. Revolution Health Center - 1621 Almaden Road
  • 51. Bay Leaf - 1692 Tully Road #3
  • 52. Bay Leaf - 3894 Monterey Highway
  • 53. San Jose Health Center - 396 S Bascom Avenue
  • 54. San Jose Medicinal Group - 52 S. 1st Street, Suite 220
  • 55. San Jose Organic - 88 Tully Road, Suite 100
  • 56. Santa Cruz Naturally - 93 N. 14th Street, Suite 4
  • 57. Sensi Herbal Care - 21 Post Street
  • 58. Serenity Collective - 2601 Senter Road
  • 59. SJ Patients Group - 824 The Alameda
  • 60. South Bay CRC - 90 Great Oaks Boulevard, Suite 202
  • 61. South Bay Healing Center - 991 Saratoga Avenue, Suite 140
  • 62. South Bay Natural Remedies - 2943 Daylight Way
  • 63. South Valley Farmacy - 5591 Snell Avenue
  • 64. Southbay Natural Remedies - 2950 Daylight Way
  • 65. Story Wellness - 1221 Story Road, Suite 40
  • 66. SVCare - 1711 Hamilton Avenue, Suite B
  • 67. TreeHouse - 1937 Concourse Drive
  • 68. YB Amber Pearl - 2129 S. 10th Street
  • 69. YB Blossom Hill - 4464 Pearl Avenue
  • 70. YB Pyramid - 1324 N 10th Street
  • 71. YB Saratoga - 4211 Barrymore Drive
  • 72. YB Valley Fair - 325 S. Monroe Street
  • 73. 408 Collective - 2435 S. Bascom Avenue

Visit your local cannabis club to sign the referendum. For more information visit www.SVCannabis.org.

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