Jun 12 2014
The California city of San Jose just passed a resolution severely restricting the locations of medical marijuana dispensaries. The 7-3 decision will affect nearly all of San Jose’s roughly 80 pot shops, requiring them to move into only a handful of “industrial” areas. The shop owners are up in arms, saying the resolution amounts to a ban.
However, San Jose’s move contradicts the general trend toward greater liberalization of marijuana, not just for medicinal purposes but for recreational use also.
Today, cannabis is legally available for purchase and use in Colorado and Washington, while several other states have legalized medicinal use. The state-by-state laws are still in violation of federal law which considers marijuana an illegal narcotic.
However, Attorney General Eric Holder has made statements clarifying that federal agencies like the DEA would not prioritize raids of marijuana growers as had happened a number of times under the Bush administration, and most dramatically in California.
Today, marijuana is big business, and not restricted to providing pain relief for medical patients and the terminally ill.
GUEST: Peter Hecht, award winning journalist who writes for the Sacramento Bee and McClatchy newspapers, has written a new book meticulously documenting California’s battle to legalize marijuana called Weedland: Inside America’s Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit.