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San Jose’s Medical Marijuana Czar is Out a Week Before Ballot Measures Is Up For Vote

Just before 9 a.m. Friday morning, a reporter ran into Angelique Gaeta, a longtime administrator who runs the city of San Jose’s medical marijuana program, at City Hall’s coffee cart.

After some small talk, an interview for Tuesday was set up — a chance to chat about medical marijuana deliveries in San Jose — an idea being mulled by the City Council.

But by Tuesday morning, Gaeta was gone. City Hall is mum about why Gaeta, who’s been with the city 15 years, was shown the door.

Gaeta, 46, declined to comment about the situation Tuesday, but said she was “surprised” by the decision.

“I’m looking into all options available to protect both my legal rights and my reputation that I’ve earned of hard work and doing what is in the best interest of the city,” she said in a statement.

The decision to oust the city’s medical marijuana czar comes a week before voters decide whether to undo all the city pot regulations by approving Measure C — which allows medical cannabis dispensaries to open virtually anywhere in the city. [Read more at the San Jose Mercury News Internal Affairs blog]

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