Since the passage of Proposition 215, the Compassionate Care Act, Californians have had access to medical marijuana with medical documentation. According to state law, those needing to obtain marijuana products have to go to a dispensary or club. “I don’t go to clubs all the time, but sometimes it’s nice to learn about weed,” said Sidney Silket, a 23 year-old cannabis club member. Silket said he suffers from insomnia and was shot in the eye with a paint ball at the age of 15. He said his vision has been impaired ever since he was shot in the eye. Silket said he occasionally goes to marijuana dispensaries to help his vision and to sleep. Club staff members ask for a club card and identification as soon as a patient enters a facility he said. Once your information is valid, they take you to a room and show different types of marijuana and prices, according to Silket. He said in order to obtain a cannabis club card he had to go to San Jose 420 Evaluations and speak to a doctor who then decided if he needed the card. According to language from Proposition 215, patients who receive a recommendation by a physician for a medical marijuana prescription cannot be subjected to criminal prosecution of sanction. “To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate … (and the person) would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief,” the initiative states. On Feb. 14, 2012, the San Jose City Council voted to repeal the Medical Marijuana Regulation Ordinance, which had been previously suspended on October 28, 2011, when the petition for referendum was filed, according to the City of San Jose website. According to the February 14 article by The Bay Citizen, the ordinance — approved by the city council in September — would have “limited the number of medical marijuana collectives to 10 in limited commercial and industrial areas, implemented a first-come, first-served registration process and restricted marijuana cultivation to on-site only.” The number of medical marijuana dispensaries in San Jose has not been counted in more than a year according to District 3 City Councilmen Sam Liccardo.
“We last did a count over a year ago (and) there were 120,” he said. “I expect the number is quite a bit smaller today. I don’t know exactly how many, but I expect the number to be around 75.” According to Liccardo there is a conflict between federal law, which indicates marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance, and California state law. “There is clearly a mandate from the voters of this state, and state law, to allow for compassionate use of medicinal marijuana,” he said. “The conflict in the law makes it extremely difficult for cities to act, close any clubs that don’t comply with local city ordinance and the prospect of litigation. Both the cost and time consumption of that process has sufficiently deterred most cities from acting to close them.” Liccardo said most cities in California don’t allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate, but he said in San Jose the local government does not feel like they have the legal ability to close them easily. Stephanie Monterroza, a senior nutrition education major, said she doesn’t really care for the clubs. “It has no meaning in my life,” she said. “People are going to do whatever they want whether its (easily) accessible or not.” Matt Kennedy, a senior hospitality major said, “I guess if people have a card I don’t really have a problem with it.” Rebekah Martinez, a 19-year-old San Jose resident, said she suffers from pain on a consistent basis. “If it gets worse (or) if these treatments don’t work, I’m going to smoke marijuana because I don’t want to feel this pain,” she said. Martinez has an under developed spine and has been diagnosed with precancerous colon cells which causes her pain. High stress circumstances can occasionally leave her immobile according to Martinez. “Doctors have prescribed me medications and even experimental drugs from Russia,” she said. She said she takes medication such as Vicodin and ibuprofen six months out of the year to reduce her pain. Because Martinez is scared of damaging her liver from numerous medications, she tries natural alternatives such as teas and marijuana. Even though she does not like the physiological effect marijuana has on her, she still believes it could help other people in pain. Liz Trebotich works at the front desk of the marijuana club SVCare. “There are elderly people and people with joint problems and different things like that (which cause) them to be at home a lot,” she said. According to Martinez, mobile marijuana vendors would be beneficial to people who suffer from pain like hers. Having marijuana delivered is one way club patients are getting access to their medication, she said. Trebotich said a delivery service makes it easier for people with disabilities to get their medication. According to Trebotich, there are risks for being a mobile dispensary. “Unfortunately there is still a really big grey area as far as delivery goes — whether or not it is lawful or legal,” Trebotich said. She said some of the risks mobile vendors face are the risks of phony clients and robberies. Silket said having his marijuana delivered is not worth the risks. “I’ve gotten it delivered before, but it costs a lot of money so I rather get it myself,” he said. Senior creative arts major Kathleen Sill said she thinks mobile vendors would be beneficial because patients wouldn’t have to drive to the dispensaries. She said mobile vendors would make legal marijuana distribution safer for everyone. “I think it’s everyone’s right to receive natural medicine that is safe and helpful to them,” she said.
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