By Derrick Stanley
San Jose, California's third largest city by population, has voted to ban recreational marijuana sales in anticipation of the upcoming ballot vote that could legalize pot in the state.
Dozens of cities and counties across California have either imposed or are considering tough restrictions on recreational marijuana sales and cultivation.
However, if Proposition 64 passes, local governments would not be able to prohibit people 21 and older from having up to six marijuana plants for personal use and possessing up to an ounce of pot. Prop 64 is currently leading in the polls.
San Jose City Council members said they passed the temporary ban Tuesday to give city officials time to develop regulations for sales and farming. Its ban includes a prohibition on outdoor gardens.
Tim Cromartie, a lobbyist with the League of California Cities, said cities have months to create their own restrictions and don’t need to hastily pass bans.
"There is no need for a stampede," Cromartie said. "Some are doing it out of an over-abundance of caution."
Many say San Jose's decision means a missed opportunity for tax revenue.
"They can do what they want but they’re going to lose money," said Memo Guerrero, 26, an unemployed National City resident. "And if it passes, they’ll be going against the whole state. It’s kind of weird."