Save San Jose
Organized by: Cookie Co
EVENT DATE Jul 20, 2014
THIS IS IT!
This is crunch time. The last chance to save medical marijuana in San Jose before it is banished.
We need to get 100,000 signatures in the next 30 days to be able to get a referendum to fight this unconstitutional ruling made by Mayor Chuck Reed and the city council.
The money will be used to hire staff and gather signatures to fight the unjust ruling of trying to legally eliminate medical marijuana from San Jose. It will be costly and a hard battle, but one that can be won.
Chuck Reed is trying to "Save Himself" rather than "Save San Jose". In fact, he is challenging it with his last move as mayor
2014: "I'm not worried about a referendum. We'll meet that head on and win," said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. "I'm going to take the lead. We'll have to raise some money, organize a committee and do a campaign, but I'm used to that,"
Reed mentions raising money to use against medical marijuana...like the extra tens of millions of dollars that these same legal institutions have been raising FOR San Jose's infrastructure and heartbeat while he has been mayor.
By supporting this new ruling, Reed is emboldening those same issues and criminal individuals to prosper, rather than regulating it:
2011: Fresh off a campaign victory, Mayor Reed says, "I think it will be pretty clear that drug dealers and people with criminal backgrounds are not going to qualify..." as he abandons his push for banning medical marijuana from San Jose due to a referendum in 2011. -- San Jose still collecting $2 million in taxes.
2012: “What we do know is the federal government has made it complicated and the state government has made it complicated and it all flows downhill to us,” said Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose, Calif., "It's just impossible for local government to do. So, we're just going to have to wait." San Jose is collecting about $2.5 million in taxes from the 100 marijuana dispensaries that have opened in the city. Quite a different tune compared to the one who is going to "take the lead" on shutting down this source of money.
2013: Nor did this become an issue when he raised the taxes from 7 to 10% last June, effectively bringing in another $1.5 million (raising total to $5.5 million annually). This move was deemed "fair" without any complaints...Meanwhile complaints about city and government pensions and making up $20 million in deficits for a poorly run city are addressed -- direct benefits are failed to be realized.
2014: Chuck Reed says regulations that will eliminate 96% of medical marijuana in San Jose are "fair" and designed to protect neighborhoods and kids... Yes, designed to protect kids and neighborhoods by promoting an unregulated black market, enriching criminals, and taking away funding from police, fire fighters, libraries, San Jose streets and parks. All things that don't protect kids and neighborhoods at all.......................
So yes, Chuck, raising all that money and spending that valuable mayoral time to combat THIS issue, medical marijuana, doesn't seem well thought out. Rather than embracing change, the mayor has forgot all the positive this has brought to his city.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING! Donate what you can, when you can. We know it won't be easy for many of you, but this is a collective efffort to save the medical collectives of San Jose.