Sunnyvale boots Buddy's to San Jose

Buddy's CEO says he will not run for Mountain View City Council

The pot club forced to close by the city of Mountain View last month met a similar fate rather quickly in Sunnyvale. It is now reopening in San Jose, said Buddy's CEO Matt Lucero.

In a press release, Lucero said the new San Jose location at 4140 Steven Creek Boulevard is the medical marijuana dispensary's "biggest ever" and that Buddy's is looking to "establish a permanent home in this wonderful community."

Lucero also announced that he would not be running for Mountain View City Council this year, despite announcing his intention to run in several newspapers.

"My top priority continues to be helping the thousands of seriously ill residents of this community and, as such, I am putting my political aspirations aside and will not be running for political office this year," Lucero writes.

Buddy's Sunnyvale location was open for less than a month. Sunnyvale had immediately pressured Buddy's to close after it opened on July 9. Sunnyvale spokesman John Pilger had said Buddy's was facing fines for every day that it was cited by the city. Sunnyvale has a ban on pot clubs.

Buddy's opened in Mountain View on Bayshore Parkway in early April but closed July 7 after a court granted the city's request for an injunction against Buddy's. Lucero, a wealthy former corporate lawyer, had said he would take the city "all the way to the Supreme Court" but later decided to drop the case.


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Posted by Reafer Madness
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm

This guy is all talk and has no problem with threatening cities with his law degree. Pretty despicable. In the end, he ends up severely damaging the medical MJ cause for good. You'd think the self-proclaimed advocates for MJ would know better than to allow a guy like this to join their cause.

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Posted by Ann Onymous
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Buddy's products only list the quality of the high one gets, NOT the medicinal content (percentages of cannabidiol, cannabinol, THC, and other pertinent components) or what each variety is especially good for, like migraines, back pain, arthritis, nausea, sleep, etc. Indeed, it seems to be a mockery, though I suppose a user could research the varieties they sell and learn these things themselves. If it's sold as medicine, it should say what the medication is best used for.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

At this rate Buddy will be in Tijuana!

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Posted by Jus' Sayin'
a resident of Whisman Station
on Aug 6, 2010 at 3:05 pm

too funny steve

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Posted by Bud D.
a resident of Whisman Station
on Aug 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm

This guy just likes to be controversial and in the newspaper. If he really cared about helping his cause he'd pressure the city to enact pro-pot regulations (which seemed likely anyway) rather than breaking the law and making the city become more anti-pot because now pot clubs are seen as irresponsible outlaws.

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Posted by Thom
a resident of Jackson Park
on Aug 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Reminds me of another legal and social issue regarding people that want things before they obtain it legally.

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Posted by rene
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm

hahahah classic. i knew Lucero was full of it.

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Posted by PeaceLove
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm

So now hundreds of sick and suffering patients, some of whom are homebound and in severe pain, will have to travel all the way to San Jose to get their medicine. Way to show leadership and compassion, Mountain View. Way to support your sick and suffering residents, Sunnyvale.

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Posted by Hardin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 7, 2010 at 1:20 am

The medicinal marijuana issue aside, the cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale practiced responsible governance in showing Buddy's the door.

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Posted by Clyde
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 7, 2010 at 6:49 am


You allied yourself with Lucero. What do you expect?

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Posted by John the Man
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 8, 2010 at 11:00 am

There is a perfect phrase for Lucero and people like him:

All hat, no cattle.

What has this guy actually done except get booted from two different cities and run his mouth about running for office and suing people but them back out of both?

I believe pot should be legal and I think there is place for dispensaries of it. But I really don't think Lucero is the best face for such efforts. He's clearly in this for his own ego.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2010 at 11:22 pm

USA is a registered user.

He will continue to be booted until he is in an area that is too poor and disenfranchised to rid him from their community.

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Posted by Alexander
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Nov 13, 2013 at 5:31 am

He was a broke/unsuccessful lawyer who entered the marijuana business to make a profit. Where the local news articles got "wealthy former corporate lawyer", most likely self fabricated. This guy is a whack job, serious complexes. This is a common occurrence with old school lawyers. The younger attorneys of today's generation are better educated and more internet savvy. They are putting sucky old f*rts like Lucero out of business . . .

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